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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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The weather is heating up and so are the movies at the local cineplex — what new summer releases are expected to draw a crowd and what new movies might fizzle instead of sizzle.
“Firestarter” is the second movie adaptation of the novel of the same name by horror icon Stephen King. The science fiction movie is a remake of the 1984 film adaptation and stars Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong in a horror picture about a girl with pyrotechnic abilities.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brainerd was the first church in the nascent community of Brainerd. The historic church building was constructed at its current location near Gregory Park with a cornerstone embedded in its wall that supposedly came from an Old Crow Village church.
People are once again venturing out and planting gardens, so what should Brainerd lakes area residents be planting that will grow locally, when should they be planting, what tips are there for beginners and for those with mobility problems or small spaces, how can they also garden?
Forensic psychologist Frank F. Weber’s latest true-crime thriller, “Black and Blue,” is about the search for the killer of 19-year-old Sadie Sullivan. The Pierz resident will speak at Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa and sign books at CatTale's Books & Gifts in downtown Brainerd.
Visit Brainerd’s tours are available by advance reservation — online purchase or via phone. Tours are limited to 10 people. Tour durations last about 90 minutes and participants are advised to dress accordingly for the walking tours.
Crow Wing Energized launched the One Vegetable, One Community initiative to encourage healthy eating. The latest Crow Wing County Community Health Survey found 2 out of 3 adults in the county are not eating the recommended five or more fruits and vegetables a day.
The Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program is for patients recovering from COVID-19 and is offered at all Essentia locations.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is the sequel about the one-time Sorcerer Supreme. The latest motion picture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen in a horror-tinged entry directed by Sam Raimi.
Local historian Ray Nelson shares his research of Minnesota's oldest rifle artifact to date and its journey from Europe to fur trade-era Minnesota. He is a member of the Friends of Old Crow Wing and its former president, and a founder of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders Club.