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.
- Member for
- 4 years 10 months
Relax will be a commonly used word this winter. Brainerd Warriors head coach Brian McAllister will be saying it often in the early part of the season as his young and inexperienced squad faces a brutal opening stretch of games. The Warriors will be on the road for the first three games and five of their first seven. Their first game will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Sartell against a Sabres team that will have already played three games. Little Falls, Brainerd’s second opponent, will have already played four games.
Beth Hauer just kept getting better. The 2009 Little Falls High School graduate got so good at running long distances that she led the Gustavus Adolphus women’s cross country team to the NCAA Division III national championship meet Nov. 17 in Terra Haute, Ind. Hauer ran a 56th-place time of 22:25.5, more than 25 seconds faster than her next closest teammate, Caitlin Fermoyle. Hauer’s finish helped the Gusties to 21st place out of 32 teams. It was Hauer’s first national championship appearance.
The numbers are staggering — in a good way. Four Class 3A state individual tournament wrestlers. Seven seniors. Seven wrestlers who finished in the top three of the Section 8-3A tournament. Those numbers could add up to a successful season for the Brainerd Warriors.
LAKE SHORE — By all accounts, it was a good summer for Bar Harbor. Everyone knows, however, it’s the bank account that matters most. Head chef PJ Severson called it a successful first season for the remodeled Lake Shore supper club in all aspects. Hoping to carry the momentum into winter, Severson created a slimmed-down menu geared toward combating the cold Minnesota nights.
Football coaches in the Central Minnesota Conference had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. For three years they had been plagued by the unanswerable question: “How do you stop Josh Lanners?” That wasn’t the only problem the Pierz Pioneers’ senior poised for opposing teams. For as good as Lanners was as a running back — and his statistics speak for themselves — Lanners was equally as effective at disrupting opponents’ offenses.
Brainerd nabbed seven spots, with Crosby-Ironton, Pierz and Pillager each collecting three spots to highlight this year’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Football Team. The Verndale Pirates and Little Falls Flyers also had multiple selections to the team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department. All-area first team ■ Peter Zasmeta, Aitkin Senior, WR-CB
It was a good Wednesday for Emily Miron. The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines senior signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball next year at North Dakota State University. She was also selected the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Player of the Year. Miron, a two time all-state and All-Mid-State Conference player, is the fifth straight Wolverine to earn the player of the year award. She joins Brigetta Berg (2008), Courtney Volkmann (2009-2010) and Brittney Noon (2011) on the list of W-DC winners.
Wadena-Deer Creek once again was the area volleyball team to beat and no area team beat them as the Wolverines posted a 22-9 record and advanced to the Section 8-2A final. Because of that success, they nailed down four of the 12 spots on this year’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Pequot Lakes, which advanced to the North Subsection 8-2A final, was the only other team with more than one player selected. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coach and selected by the Dispatch sports department. ■ All-Area first team
Instead of hitting a wall, Jaelin Beachy will be attacking them. The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior will compete in her fourth Class 1A state swimming and diving meet Friday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. She will compete in the 50-yard freestyle for the second time at state and the 100 breaststroke for the fourth time. The state veteran, who made the finals for the first time in last year’s breaststroke, said wall work will be the key during Thursday’s warm-up to the meet.
BAXTER — New. New dining room. New name. New and unique menu items. New. That appears to be the running theme surrounding the Arrowwood Lodge Grill and Bar or formerly The Lodge in Baxter. The hotel, waterpark and eatery just off Highway 371 has always blended into the north country well with its decor. That hasn’t changed. The dining room is small, but warm and relaxing. A fireplace and comfortable seats create a comfortable atmosphere.