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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Richie Crampton is hoping last year's routine will result in last year's results. Crampton arrived in the Brainerd lakes area for last year's NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals earlier than most because of media obligations. After fulfilling those responsibilities, the second-year Top Fuel driver captured the Wally at Brainerd International Raceway. Guess who is showing up early again this year?
Despite having a track and field coach for a father, Mace Twigg, or Mace Michaels as he's known on television, grew up a baseball fan. But never in a million years did he ever think he would land in the Major Leagues. That's what happened this spring when Michaels was contacted by the Minnesota Twins to become their weekday game day meteorologist.
It was a summer spent speed dating for Crosby-Ironton's Noah Gindorff. The senior quarterback and defensive end visited five college football camps and was recruited by many more programs this summer. That was until around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when Gindorff announced via social media that he'll attend North Dakota State University next season to play football and likely study engineering. The son of Mike and Wendy Gindorff visited the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He said he couldn't ignore five-straight national titles.
Rick Hjelm owes a lot of people a lot of thanks and he's not shy about saying it. Hjelm, a 1979 Brainerd High School graduate, will be inducted into the Gustavus Adolphus Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 22 along with eight other former student-athletes.
Emily Mehr has only been in Fargo for a week and a half, but she quickly noticed it's a green and yellow town. The Aitkin High School and University of Minnesota Morris graduate was hired July 11 as the director of basketball operations for the North Dakota State University women's basketball program. She said the position entails everything she's passionate about. The fact the community is strongly tied to the athletic department is an added bonus.
EAST GULL LAKE - Tim Johnson is not a new face to the Brainerd lakes area golf scene. His is a face, however, young professionals in any field can look to for proof that hard work is rewarded. Johnson struggled for 10 years trying to carve out a niche for himself. He honed his craft as an assistant club professional at Cragun's Legacy Courses for seven years and three more at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
NISSWA—In a field of younger, longer hitters carrying only his "B" swing, Bill Israelson managed his way to a two-day 145 to finish in a three-way tie for first place at the Grand View Challenge Monday. The head PGA golf professional at The Vintage at Staples shot an opening 72 Sunday at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge. He followed with a 73 Monday at The Pines to tie with Scott McDonald, of the Minnewaska Golf Club, and Ben Meyers of Medina Golf and Country Club.
It wasn't a matter of if, but when. And the timing is perfect for Jared Anderson to become the next head coach of the Hopkins swimming and diving program. Anderson is competing in what he believes will be his last Olympic Trials this week and next in Omaha. After the trials he's moving his efforts to coaching. It's a bittersweet move, but one he's excited about. "It's tough," Anderson said. "I've known for awhile that no matter what happens, I'm going to need a break from the competing and training after this summer. I don't know how long the break will be. I can't imagine not swimming again, but I'll be out for awhile and when I do come back it will be different, whether it's masters or I find more of a sprint-based training or something that requires a little less time.
Sarah Dens has known what she's wanted to do since junior high. Math teacher. Check. Swimming coach. Check. Head high school swimming and diving coach. Check.
When Christian Laettner returns to Pillager in 2019, which is the proposed plan as of Wednesday, Reece Halverson will likely be in attendance. The 8-year-old son of Chris and Angie Halverson of Baxter said he had a lot of fun and learned passing, dribbling and drills. He also learned who Christian Laettner was. "No, I didn't know who he was," Halverson said. "My dad said he was a good passer."