Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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BAXTER - Tom Hice lost in what he termed "a close miss" two years ago in his second bid for the Baxter City Council. On Wednesday, he filed to run again for the council. "I'm very interested in giving back ... to make sure Baxter is heading in the right direction for businesses and residents," Hice said.
Honor the Earth, a group calling for rerouting of the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline away from northern Minnesota, brought its outreach events Thursday to Brainerd. The group waved signs just west of the Washington Street bridge which stated their opposition to the 616-mile proposed pipeline route. There was also a 6 p.m.
Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, on Thursday called for public discussion on a draft of a policy that may be considered by the Minnesota State High School League on participation of transgender students in school sports. League Executive Director David Stead said Thursday that topic is not on the agenda for the league's board of directors meetings scheduled for Sunday and Monday at Ruttger's Bay Lake Conference Center near Deerwood. He said it may be discussed at an Oct. 1 workshop. "I ...
Former Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc was appointed acting chief executive officer of the Port of San Diego last week.
The gubernatorial debate scheduled for Aug. 19 at Grand View Lodge has been canceled according to information released by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, one of the sponsoring organizations. Gov. Mark Dayton has declined to participate, the chamber statement said. The debate had been expected to be the first face-to-face exchange between the gubernatorial candidates after the Aug. 12 primary.
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., Thursday voiced his opposition to the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline route that would cut across the northern part of Minnesota including parts of Cass and Crow Wing counties.
Whether the draw is a chance to meet neighbors, enjoy a hot dog on a pleasant summer night or talk with police officers, Brainerd's neighborhood groups are hoping for a good turnout as they plan to mark National Night Out on Aug. 5. Most of the gatherings will offer hot dogs, chips, pop or similar fare. In some cases a nominal fee for the meal will be charged. Police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters are scheduled to attend many of the events. Informational flyers on safety tips will also be available. At least two of the gatherings will feature music.
A Brainerd Dispatch news story last week recounting a plea by the Brainerd Salvation Army to help fill their food shelves inspired an Isle man to donate $1,000 on Tuesday. Dale Siems, 87, of Isle, made the donation and also brought in about 50 pounds of food according to Linda Loftis, food shelf coordinator for the Brainerd Salvation Army. Siems, an Iowa transplant who moved to Minnesota about two years ago, said he periodically would donate $20 to Salvation Army or other charities but decided to make a bigger donation when he read that the Salvation Army was having trouble keeping enough fo
Rep. Ron Kresha's encounters with the late Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba were few, but as he's traveled throughout House District 9B he's formed a definite impression of the Long Prairie Democrat who once represented parts of his district. Otremba, who succeeded her husband, Ken, in the Legislature in a special election after his death in 1997, represented her district for 13 years. She died Thursday at age 63. "It was absolutely amazing the way they spoke about her," Kresha, R-Little Falls, said. "They don't even bring up her party.
A celebration of completion of the final segment of the Paul Bunyan Trail - after almost 30 years of planning and building - will be marked July 27. The trail now links Crow Wing State Park with Lake Bemidji State Park, a stretch of about 120 miles, Chip Borkenhagen, a Paul Bunyan Trail Association member, said. The kickoff for the ceremony begins at 9 a.m. July 27 at the Northland Arboretum in Baxter.