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 was either the oil fields of western North Dakota or the practice fields of Wadena-Deer Creek. Howie Kangas chose to do what he knows best and that’s coach football. On June 18, the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board hired Kangas as the Wolverines’ head football coach. Kangas coached football for 18 years at Perham where he finished with a 119-65 record. He guided the Yellowjackets to three state tournaments. His team played in the section championship in each of his final five seasons before he stepped down in 2009. He ended his career with 11 consecutive winning seasons.
With fame comes fortune. Or in the case of Iven’s on the Bay, one of the lakes area’s beacons of fine dining, the preconceived notion maybe it takes a fortune to eat at the famed restaurant. In some cases this is true. For instance an 8-ounce filet mignon, which is accompanied by rosemary Yukon potatoes, grilled asparagus and a garlic demi glaze will cost you $37. That’s the most expensive item on the menu.
Kristine Reese and Tiffany Yager were athletes first. Then they got sucked into golf and their worlds changed. It’s because of their involvement in other sports that both women are working with Vision 54, a golf instructional program created by coaches Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson. Vision 54 has worked with Grace Park, Annika Sorenstam and other top tour professionals. Yager and Reese will bring their insights to Deacon’s Lodge for a four-day golf school that will take what golf students have learned on the driving range to the golf course.
It’s time for the Brainerd lakes area to step up to the plate. The awful pun was intended because the cause is awfully admirable. What is the local population playing for? “An adaptive baseball field so it’s built out of crushed rubber over asphalt so kids in wheelchairs and walkers can play on that field,” said Kevin Thoresen of the Miracle League of Minnesota. “The Miracle League is a league that works to give every child an opportunity to play baseball. That’s our focus.”
It’s only July and Vanessa Lane can’t wait for March. If her Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team isn’t in the state tournament then she’ll be getting ready for the indoor track and field season. Running track is a passion for the Pequot athlete who will be a junior this fall. But she’s even more motivated now after returning from a week-long trip to Australia to compete in the Down Under International Games Tri-Nations meet at Griffith University on the Gold Coast campus.
The Brainerd Lumberjacks are holding on to the No. 3 seed for the Midwest Premier Football League playoffs. They’d like it to be the No. 2 seed and at home for the first round of the playoffs. For that to happen, Brainerd will first half to take care of business against the Northern Terror 3 p.m. Saturday at Chisago Lakes High School. If that should happen and Brainerd can pull off an upset of current No. 1 seeded Minnesota Sting in the final regular season game (July 21), Brainerd could move up in the standings and host a first-round playoff game.
What started with 11 guys is blossoming into something classic. Or as founder and organizer Don Hendrickson calls it a Ranger Classic. This low net, 18-hole golf tournament is open to all former Crosby-Ironton High School graduates 50 years and older. Game time is Noon July 27 at Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood. The cost is $15 to enter the tournament, plus the green fee. The entry fee covers prizes for the proximities and individual low net scores. There is also a skins game. This is the fifth year of the tournament that started almost by accident.
Twenty Four teams will battle for a chance to earn a spot in the American Softball Association Nationals Saturday and Sunday. The battlefield will be Memorial Park in Brainerd site of the 33rd Brainerd Men’s Invitational. It’s the first time the invite has been a national qualifier for ASA, which according to tournament organizer Eryk Haapajoki is the biggest governing body of softball in the United States.
The Brainerd Aces of the 12-under variety and the Greater Minnesota String Symphony advanced through Tuesday’s United States Tennis Association’s Junior team area tournament Tuesday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. The String Symphony, which is made up of Claire and Connor Gunsbury, Payge and Ashley Fitterer, Brooke Mimmack and Rudy and Joe Lipovetz won the 14-under division with a team score of 192 to advance to the USTA Junior Team Tennis Sectionals at the University of Minnesota July 24-25.
There’s an eatery even Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could agree upon in northeast Brainerd. While the Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine Lounge may suffer from multiple personality disorder, with its bright, sunny lunch theme mixed with a dark, devilish nighttime persona, one constant is the food.