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Last inning: Sports editor Bialka to hang up his keyboard

Mike Bialka

After 40 years at the Brainerd Dispatch, Mike Bialka, sports editor, is retiring.

Bialka, a Brainerd native, plans to start his next chapter with the new year.

He started his journalism career at the Crookston Times in 1977 and joined the Dispatch in September of 1978. Bialka took over as the Dispatch's sports editor in March of 1985.