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 time to start over. At least that’s what Jared Feierabend thought. The 1995 Brainerd High School graduate didn’t like the direction the image of mixed martial arts was going in the lakes area so he wanted to do something positive to change it. Enter M-IQ Martial Arts, a new training facility on Washington Street across from Northwest Pizza and Boardwalk Bread and Bagel. With the closing of Brock Larson’s Warrior Alliance, and the recent bad publicity of another MMA group, Feierabend wanted to set a new standard.
EAST GULL LAKE — There are two names in Brainerd High School athletics that come up quite often. The first is a rising star. The second is a coaching icon. Both were talked about Thursday during the 12th Annual University of Minnesota Gopher fundraiser at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. The first was Nikki Anderson. The recent graduate will attend the U of M and play softball for the Gophers. Look for her to have an imitate impact on the roster as she’ll be the only lefty pitcher for the Gophers.
EAST GULL LAKE — Thursday night was equal parts thank you and welcome. The 12th annual University of Minnesota Golf event and fundraiser hosted by Dutch Cragun at Cragun’s Legacy Courses gave loyal Gophers fans a chance to thank former athletic director Joel Maturi as well as welcome his successor Norwood Teague.
LAKE SHORE — The next time someone tells you to get lost — do it. A good place to lose oneself is at the restaurant at Lost Lake Lodge in Lake Shore. The all-inclusive family resort has many amenities and is positioned well on the Gull Lake narrows, but the prize of this establishment might be what’s coming out of the kitchen. Just how hungry are you? There is an option for you at Lost Lake, which offers a three-course meal for $39 up to a six-course meal for $58.
It’s a welcome return for seven of the 10 area golfers who advanced to the state golf tournament this season. Highlighting the list is the Staples-Motley boys team, which won the Section 6-2A team title by 71 strokes. The Cardinals finished third in last season’s Class 2A state tournament and have four of the six players returning from that team, including Michael Strain, last year’s low scorer and this year’s Section 6-2A individual champion.
A team in the Brainerd Dispatch coverage area just won the state boys golf tournament. However, because of data privacy law, we are unable to report who it was. Is that statement so far-fetched? Try this one: An area doubles team won the section doubles title to advance to state. Whether they would be competing was uncertain because of data privacy law.
The Little Falls Flyers were 0-2 and their senior shortstop wasn’t hitting. In fact, Alayna Kabanuk started the year 2-for-23 after missing her whole junior year with a knee injury. But then her confidence returned and with it her offensive production that helped the Flyers advance all the way to the Section 6-2A championship before falling to Albany.
As freshmen Dan Klucas and Alex Anderson got their “butts handed to them” in the Section 7-1A individual tournament. Three years later the Aitkin Gobblers duo advanced through the doubles portion of the Section 7-1A tournament unscathed to become the second Aitkin doubles team to advance to the state tournament.
They were good to the last out. Unfortunately for the top-seeded Brainerd Warriors, they weren’t good enough to get past fifth-seeded Elk River in Wednesday’s losers’ bracket game of the Section 8-3A tournament at Adamson Field. The Elks scored twice in the fourth inning and added the game-winner in the fifth to knock off the Warriors (20-3) for the second time in the playoffs and eliminate the home team with a 3-2 victory. Brainerd made it interesting until the final out.
EAST GULL LAKE — The art of improvising was on display at Ernie’s on Gull Lake. There is a bit of menu research done via the World Wide Web before each dining experience as was the case May 22 before a visit to Ernie’s on Gull Lake on Squaw Point Road. A look at the online menu had this patron craving the lobster ravioli, but after picking a prime location on the back deck, an almost completely different menu was presented.