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Theresa Bourke

Staff Writer

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.

Theresa grew up in Marathon, Wisconsin and moved to the Twin Cities for college, graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2016 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. She was a student reporter and editor for TommieMedia while in college. After graduation she spent the first two years of her career as a reporter at the weekly PineandLakes Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes.

Contact Theresa with story tips at 218-855-5860 or

Members of the public will get a chance to comment on the proposed zoning code during the Planning Commission's next meeting June 15.
This year was the second time in the team’s 15-year history that students made it to state, placing 31st and learning valuable lessons along the way. Students on the Warriors robotics team spent the year building Bertha and programming her for competition.
Material shortages mean the project might not happen until 2023.
The calendars are expected to include photos of old Brainerd buildings that are no longer standing.
Sarah Lancaster hopes to use her newfound platform to advocate for more mental health services in schools and the important of teachers of color.
The City Council will appoint someone to fill his vacancy from August through the end of year, and a special election to fill the remainder of his term will take place in November.
Forty-two community members signed a letter read aloud to the School Board Monday, May 9, 2022.
All the students' names were called just before the tornado sirens sounded at Central Lakes College Thursday, May 12, 2022.
The Lakes Area Skatepark Association has preliminary designs for what a skate park could look like in the Mill Avenue parking lot at Brainerd's Memorial Park.
Allison Larsen is the technology and innovation teacher at Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Crosby and earned a $1,000 grant for her classroom.