With eight starters returning, the Brainerd Warriors softball team has high expectations this spring.
Those expectations have been justified as Brainerd has won eight of its first nine games and leads the Central Lakes Conference with a 4-0 mark.
Dick Jonckowski, voice of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, will have attendees rolling in the aisles when he speaks at the annual Brainerd Elks Fishing Fling April 30 at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
Last fall, Mike Zauhar discovered he was among the one percent.
Prostate, lung and colorectal cancer are the three most common cancers among men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It was a good day to play one.
Temperatures hovered in the 30s, but the Brainerd Warriors were undaunted at sunny Adamson Field as they scored a 5-inning, 13-2 Central Lakes Conference win Tuesday over the Willmar Cardinals.
One of the most encouraging signs for the Brainerd Warriors in their first two games this spring has been their ability to swing the bats.
In its first two games, Brainerd has lit up the scoreboard for 34 runs and has swatted 31 hits.
Several words spring to mind in describing my former Brainerd Dispatch colleague Jon Echternacht: Colorful, character, story teller, accomplished newsman, great guy.
I was stunned to learn that Jon died last Saturday of lung cancer.