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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Curiosity may have killed the cat but it never seemed to hurt my dad, Jim O'Rourke. Maybe the reason I chose a profession where one asks questions for a living can be traced to my dad's ceaseless curiosity. Dad never had the chance to go to college, but he was the most well-read man I've ever known. He would constantly put me to shame by asking if I'd read this or that news story. It's not like the opportunity to keep up on current events wasn't available to me.
Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., on Friday strongly objected to the possibility of U.S. military re-intervention in Iraq as that nation faces a mounting insurgency. His objections were made in response to a veteran's question at a round table the congressman organized to discuss issues at the Veterans Affairs. The session was conducted at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building. Nolan said Iraqi military commanders have reported members of their own military forces are cutting and running from rebel fighters. "We gave them a chance," he said of the Iraqi government. "They are corrupt.
It may have been 50 years late but Rodney Dee Sullivan of Park Rapids finally received the medals he earned for his service in the U.S. Navy. The retired DNR district forester was presented with the National Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal Friday at a Veterans Round Table conducted by Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn. at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building.
Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it's easy for Brainerd area residents to take clean water for granted. Still, Rick Adams of the Central Lakes Rotary Club of Pequot Lakes knows that clean water is the building block for any community development. That's why the Ponto Lake resident is one of the organizers for the Central Lakes and Brainerd Lakes Sunrise Rotary Clubs' first Rotary Ride for Clean Water on June 21.
The obituaries look different. Forum News Service and Reuters stories are appearing throughout the paper and the website weather bug is temporarily stuck at “Fair weather and 56 degrees.” Yes,...
Former Brainerd Police Chief Ralph Hitchens was remembered by colleagues who worked with him during his tenure in Brainerd as a "breath of fresh air." Hitchens died May 8, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Hitchens served as Brainerd's top police officer from June of 1983 to February of 1991. Brainerd Mayor James Wallin, who was council president during Hitchens' time in Brainerd, said there had been issues in the police department before Hitchens took over the job. "I always thought he was a good chief," Wallin said.
BAXTER — First-time candidate Josh Heintzeman, 36, of Nisswa, on Thursday was unanimously endorsed by Republicans for the House District 10A seat. He will face Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter in...
Jeff Czeczok of Brainerd filed Tuesday for the Crow Wing County Board District 3 seat running against incumbent Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom. Both candidates currently serve on the Brainerd Lakes...
Al Doty of Royalton liked what he saw in recently concluded legislative session. So much so that he’d like to return the Minnesota House. He filed Tuesday after being endorsed...
With 70 days until the Aug. 12 primary, former Republican Minority Leader Marty Seifert Tuesday brought his primary campaign to the Brainerd area, presenting himself as the only outstate and...