My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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It's been six years since a Tonglet raised a Wally at Brainerd International Raceway. LE Tonglet, the hottest Pro Stock Motorcycle driver on the NHRA circuit, will get a chance to return to the winner's circle Aug. 18-20 when the Lucas Oil Nationals return to BIR. The odds are on Tonglet's side as he's won five of the eight motorcycle events this season.
Ron Capps owns the market at Brainerd International Raceway. The corner market that is. "Capps Corner" in the BIR campground will be buzzing Aug. 18-20 for the Lucas Oil Nationals.
Drew Skillman is smoking. With three wins in the last four events, the driver of the Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro is the hottest driver in Pro Stock heading into the Lucas Oil Nationals Aug. 18-20 at Brainerd International Raceway. And wouldn't you know it, Skillman is the defending champ at Brainerd.
Brittany Force has four career wins and Brainerd International Raceway happens to be the spot of one of those. Force qualified third at last season's Lucas Oil Nationals at BIR and sped past Terry Haddock, Doug Kalittla and Shawn Langdon before besting Antron Brown with a 4.169- to 6.566-second victory. Force clocked two of the three fastest times during the elimination rounds with her 3.711 against Kalitta and her 3.717 against Langdon.
DEERWOOD—Terry Thompson started the 2017 golf season with a list of 32 things to do. The owner of Cuyuna Rolling Hills is down to four. Thompson purchased the course known as Cuyuna Country Club east of Deerwood and ever since has averaged 80-100 hours a week in his quest to make his course a golf destination. Thompson's tasks include remodeling the clubhouse, fixing golf equipment and improving the turf and aesthetics of the 18-hole golf course.
It's the splattering of hot oil being introduced to strange or familiar food items. Smoky aromas wafting across paved walkways. Smells and sounds of grilled meats reaching charred perfection, onions sweating and bacon sizzling cascading through the early August afternoon. It's Crow Wing County Fair time and the real reason many people love fairs, whether admitted or not, is the food.
Pierz Legion What: Central Plains Division II Regional Invitational tournament Where: Wahpeton, N.D. When: Thursday through Sunday First game: Pierz vs. West Salem, Wis. 4 p.m. Thursday Radio: KFML 94.1 Stream: fallsradio.com or sfmsports.net For Pierz baseball, it's one last stand together. For four more days, one of the most accomplished area baseball teams will battle for yet another title.
Craig Venske wanted to be different. Mission accomplished for the head chef and owner of Chameleon Cafe, north of Baxter on Highway 371 near Brainerd International Raceway. Like the reptile it's named after, the restaurant is about change. Unlike a change in appearance, Venske wanted to change the lakes area's dining experience. With healthy food items and a minimalist approach to service and decor, Chameleon Cafe isn't your normal quick food stop. It's quick, but the menu and atmosphere provide more than what you might expect.
Alan Hills was learning to coach before he realized it. The son of a former head basketball and football coach, Hills would watch game tape with his dad, Greg Hills, who is the current football offensive coordinator at Crosby-Ironton. When the opportunity to be an assistant football came arrived six years ago at his alma mater, Hills jumped at the chance. At a June 30 special meeting, the Aitkin School Board unanimously approved Hills as the new head coach for the Aitkin Gobblers football team. Hills takes over for Tom Sanford, who resigned.
Practice doesn't start until Aug. 1, but Noah Gindorff isn't wasting time becoming acquainted with his new surroundings. Sept. 2 will be the first game of the season for the North Dakota State University Bison. It marks the first step in the team's return to FCS National Championship glory. NDSU will host Mississippi Valley State at the Fargodome. Whether Gindorff makes the field or not is still in question. The freshman's future hasn't been decided yet. What he does know is he has a locker. His number will be 46 and he will do whatever is necessary to help his new team win.