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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- 4 years 10 months
Claudia Pilot wasn't a fish out of water Tuesday. The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame member admitted since moving to the Brainerd lakes area she hasn't played as much golf as she did when she lived in Austin, Minn.
Fairway woods got a whole new meaning after the July 12 supercell thunderstorm hit the Brainerd lakes area. Both Madden's Resort and Cragun's Resort in East Gull Lake saw substantial tree loss to their seven combined golf courses and Grand View Lodge Resort in Nisswa was also closed for a few days to remove falling or hanging trees. While Grand View has since reopened its courses, Cragun's Legacy Courses will wait until July 29 to open its three courses to the public.
Robert Bell was one step closer to playing in a Major. He's also one step closer to fulfilling a boyhood dream of reaching the PGA Tour. The 2008 Pierz High School graduate and Class 1A state boys golf champion qualified for PGA Tour Canada earlier this summer. After six events, Bell ranks 122nd after making two cuts. With six more tour events remaining, he expects things to start progressing.
Sara Rojas hopes formations and creativity are what Brainerd area girls soccer players picked up from Sunday night's World Cup finals in Canada. For the past 13 years Rojas has tried to instill the importance of each through her work with the Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association as well as the Brainerd High School program and parks and recreation. It's a passion that was instilled in her at an early age by her father.
It just is. Kenton Cargile's answer was short, but exact. It was emotional, but thought out. Those three words - "It just is" - was all he needed to say. For anyone that knows Cargile, and judging by his Facebook page many people know him, this year's 37th annual Brainerd Softball Tournament scheduled July 11-12 at Memorial Park in Brainerd means more than softball. Hence Cargile's answer "It just is."
Super stock driver Dave Read celebrated his birthday and claimed first place in the point's race from Seth Kramer with a thrilling 20-lap feature win Saturday at North Central Speedway. Rushing to beat the rain drops, the track staff started the races about a half hour early and were able to get the entire program in except for a few raindrops in the last feature of the evening. Dylan Nelson rushed out to the early lead in the Super Stock feature and was running in first place until Kramer brought out a caution flag.
The Preserve at Grand View Where: Preserve Blvd, Pequot Lakes What: 18-hole course designed by Mike Morley and Dan Helbling (1996) PGA professional: Nathan Erickson Superintendent: Chad Bohenstingl PEQUOT LAKES - Brainerd lakes area's best clubhouse view just got better along with the golf course it overlooks. Work on the near $1 million renovation of The Preserve at Grand View Lodge is nearly complete and the results should make the 18-hole championship course more playable for all abilities. Two key course changes were increasing the landing area of the 438-yard, par 4 fifth hole as
EAST GULL LAKE - One of the best selling points for a young man chasing a dream is to have a successful path trail blazed before him. That's what happened when Maxx Williams was the 55th player selected in the 2015 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. His selection in the second round was followed by Inside linebacker Damien Wilson going to the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round. Then it was running back David Cobb's turn to hear his name as the Tennessee Titans called it in the fifth round.
Lakes area junior golfers will once again be seeing stars this summer. As part of the Lakes Junior Cup, which begins 2 p.m. Sunday, area players will be playing Grand View Lodge's The Pines, The Classic at Madden's, Deacon's Lodge and one of the Cragun's Legacy Courses. Combined the number of stars those four courses have accumulated over the years and the Brainerd lakes area might have its own constellation. An anticipated 80 players will compete in different age divisions for bragging rights.
Class 2A Golf Team: Pequot Lakes Girls placed third Boys Individual: Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson tied for fourth; Little Falls' Kyler Erdman tied for 33rd Girls Individual: Pierz's Jessica Hawks tied for 31st It's all about attitude for Andrew Israelson. The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior gutted through the worst six holes of his Class 2A state tournament career to play the best 12 holes of the two-day tournament Wednesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Israelson shot 3-under on his last 12 holes to finish with a 73 and a two-day 146, which landed him in a tie for fourth pla