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Frank Lee

Staff Writer

I cover arts and entertainment, and write feature stories, for the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper. As a professional journalist with years of experience, I have won awards for my fact-based reporting. And my articles have also appeared in other publications, including USA Today. 📰

Voted most likely in high school ... "not to be voted most likely for anything," I'm noted by my editors for "for bringing humor and a strong work ethic and a passion for the profession to our team" of award-winning reporters. 🏆

Writing local articles about interesting people in the Brainerd lakes area in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (and watching and discussing movies on my movie-related Twitter account at @bdfilmforum) are among my interests. 📽️

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“See How They Run” is a satiric Agatha Christie-like mystery/thriller of a whodunit costarring Sam Rockwell as a boozy inspector, and Saoirse Ronan as an enthusiastic rookie constable trying to solve the murder of a crew of a popular play in 1950s London.
The Northern Pacific Railway was the driving force behind Brainerd’s first bridge across the Mississippi River, and the bridge was constructed in 1870. But five years later, it came crashing down and five passengers were killed.
The third annual National Loon Center Loon Calling Contest will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at the Crosslake Town Square during the annual Crosslake Days. The contest is a celebration of the wildlife and sounds iconic to the north woods, according to organizers.
The second annual Paul Bunyan Flapjack Festival presented by the Save the Historic Brainerd Water Tower Committee in partnership with the Brainerd Jaycees, Brainerd Community Action, Mills Automotive and the Brainerd American Legion will take place downtown Saturday, Sept. 24.
Sherwin and Pam Linton and The Cotton Kings will perform Friday, Sept. 23, at Great River Arts in Little Falls in a tribute to the stars of the Grand Ole Opry. Sherwin Linton will also share stories of the Grand Ole Opry performers he has shared the stage with starting in the 1950s.
“Barbarian” is a new horror movie about a young woman who travels to Detroit for a big job interview and rented a home online to stay for the night, only to find when she gets there in the pitch black of night that a man has booked the same home online and is already staying there.
The ninth annual Crow Wing Energized health summit occurred Friday, Sept. 16, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter. "Rooted in Happiness" was the theme and the event focused on harnessing positive psychology's power to maximize happiness in one’s life.
The Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society and Crow Wing County recently dedicated a kiosk at the base of the Paul M. Thiede Fire Tower in Pequot Lakes in honor of Art Savage, a longtime Minnesota Department of Natural Resources forester who died more than two decades ago.
Thunderstorms were predicted to cause some severe weather Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in the Brainerd lakes area. But the National Weather Service in Duluth has not received reports of hail or tornadoes touching down in the region.
Sarah Meyer, 13, of Baxter will appear on the big screens of New York City’s Times Square on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of the annual National Down Syndrome Society video presentation that will also be livestreamed. Her family will be at the iconic tourist attraction, too.