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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When Erica Enders-Stevens flies down the Brainerd International Raceway dragstrip Friday for the first round of the Lucas Oil Nationals qualifying, it will have been 26 days since she last competed. Enders and her Elite Motorsports team passed on Sonoma (Calif.) and Seattle to test, work on their Chevy Camaro and get ready for the final two races before the Countdown to the Championship. Whether the gamble was worth it or not will depend on how Enders does on a track where she's won before. "I can not wait," she said last week. "It's been a long couple of weeks without racing.
About the only golf event Fred Boos hasn't won was the one put on in his honor Monday. Instead Jack Wawro, Boos' PGA golf professional, owned the course that Boos built, but the day still belonged to the man who had a vision that transformed the Brainerd lakes area into one of the world's top 50 golf destinations. It was Boos' vision and the fact Grand View Lodge already owned the land that The Pines Golf Course set the area into a golf craze in 1990.
Doug Kalitta Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich. Car: Mac Tools dragster Crew chief: Jim Oberhofer Top Fuel standings: First Don't pinch Doug Kalitta. The driver of the Mac Tools dragster is in the middle of a dream season. Kalitta finds himself leading the Top Fuel division of the NHRA's Mellow Yellow series. He's already clinched a spot in the postseason Countdown and owns a 76-point lead over the hard-charging Antron Brown. Kalitta has led or been second in the point standings all season and he's bringing his No.
Fried chicken and champagne. That's what Amy Thielen is most excited about. Which is fitting for the author of the James Beard Award winning book, "The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes" and host of Food Network's Heartland Table.
EMILY – On a sunny morning with the golf course buzzing with carts and people of all ages playing golf, Gregg Gamble sat on the clubhouse deck at his Emily Greens Golf Course. He greeted almost every person who walked near him by name and they returned the greeting with his name. Gamble is proud of his connection with customers.
Well, well, well. Look who it is. While the one game at a time cliche still rings true, the Nisswa Legion couldn't help but look ahead just a bit. Nisswa advanced to the Division I Legion state tournament - which begins Friday in Eagan, Bloomington and Burnsville - by winning the Substate 10 title with a 10-0 blowout of Hermantown July 28. The 16-0-1 Nisswa will battle Delano 10 a.m. Friday at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. Should it win, Nisswa could face Lakeville North, who it opened the Class 3A Minnesota State High School League state tournament against.
PEQUOT LAKES — Kim Roden talks about Whitefish Golf Club like others brag about their children or pets. She describes the 18-hole championship course located north of Pequot Lakes in Ideal Township with an energetic passion. Her words praise the property's assets, while leaving room for a bright future.
A foot wedge has a whole new meaning at Cragun's Legacy Courses these days. Footgolf arrived in the Brainerd lakes area June 22 and while it hasn't taken over the Par 3 Course at the East Gull Lake resort, it's been a seamless incorporation on Cragun's reversible nine-hole course. When talking about footgolf, consider the mechanics of soccer, kicking a ball with precision and skill, combined with the concepts, rules and beautiful backdrop of golf. Players tee off from the tee box just as they would with golf, only the target is a 22-inch cup, about the size of a manhole cover.
Jasmine Winkelman has taken her ambassadorship to a whole new level. This spring's MS (multiple sclerosis) Walk ambassador hasn't taken her duties as a spokesperson for the charity sitting down. In fact, sitting down is the last thing this mother of two wants to do. "It was life changing," Winkelman said about when she was first diagnosed in 2010. "It changes the way you have to live your life. As much as you don't want it to, it does. That's OK. I let it change me for the better. It lets me appreciate life more. I value every second with my boys.
BAXTER - An 8-3 girls double victory coupled with Brooke Mimmack's 8-0 blowout in girls singles propelled the Brainerd Aces into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Team Tennis Sectional. The Aces downed the Hibbing Rangers 31-27 during Tuesday's championship match in the 18 and under Intermediate tournament held at Forestview Middle School. The doubles team of Ashley Fitterer and Claire Gunsbury opened the finals with their 8-3 victory then watched Mimmack dismantle her singles opponent. Jordan Kleist, playing boys singles, fell 8-5, the boys doubles team of Travis Goeden-Ga