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By: Mike O'Rourke on November 9, 2011 - 11:21am - Add new comment

Two disturbing signs marred an otherwise beautiful morning run this week along the Mississippi River near Boom Lake.
Let’s dwell on the positive first.

By: Mike O'Rourke on September 14, 2011 - 8:37am - Add new comment

Fifty years is a long time so it’s no wonder that when I recount the story of attending the first Minnesota Vikings regular season game, younger colleagues look at me as if I had traveled to Met Stadium by covered wagon.

It was Sept. 17, 1961. The upstart Vikings shocked the NFL by defeating George Halas’ Chicago Bears 37-13, thanks to the heroics of a then-second string, rookie quarterback, Fran Tarkenton.

By: Mike O'Rourke on August 26, 2011 - 11:11am - Add new comment

Do you know anyone with a Brainerd area connection with an interesting story related to Hurricane Irene? If so, contact Associate Editor Mike O’Rourke on Friday at 218 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com or Editor Roy Miller at 218 855-5855 or roy.miller@brainerddispatch.com.

By: Mike O'Rourke on August 3, 2011 - 11:34am - Add new comment




Seniors have always been my favorite category of people to interview. They  combine perspective, knowledge and the willingness to say exactly what’s on their mind. As a result I was pleased to be asked to talk about the Brainerd Dispatch at The Senior Morning Club at the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center on Aug. 3.

By: Mike O'Rourke on June 8, 2011 - 9:53am - Add new comment


Rick Nolan’s possible campaign for the 8th Congressional District seat was featured this week in a column written by Stuart Rothenberg that appeared in the Rothenberg Political Report and in Roll Call.

The most interesting tidbit was Rothenberg’s observation on how the cost of political campaigns has skyrocketed since Nolan, of rural Crosslake, last ran for Congress in 1978.

By: Mike O'Rourke on April 19, 2011 - 7:43am - Add new comment


This just in! 

The Associated Press reported Monday that for the first time in the 95-year history of the Pulitzers no winner was named for breaking news.  

Any further details on this development will be available on www.brainerddispatch.com or in the Brainerd Dispatch print edition.


By: Mike O'Rourke on April 15, 2011 - 1:54pm - Add new comment


 Garrison is notable for being the smallest city in the United States with a McDonald’s, but USA Today reported Friday that restaurant offers the least expensive hamburger in the mega-chain.

By: Mike O'Rourke on March 22, 2011 - 8:55am - Add new comment


Obituaries are great at providing glimpses into lives that are way more colorful than our own.

A case in point is The Associated Press obituary for blues piano player Pinetop Perkins who died Monday of cardiac arrest in Austin, Texas.

By: Mike O'Rourke on March 9, 2011 - 9:15am - Add new comment


There’s a long-suffering Minnesota Golden Gophers fan I know who used to wear a worn-out t-shirt every time his favorite football team played Ohio State University. 

“Oh how I hate Ohio State” were the words written on the t-shirt.

It’s not hard to do these days.

By: Mike O'Rourke on February 10, 2011 - 10:48am - Add new comment

Just as purchasing a ticket to a baseball game grants one the privilege of yelling at the umpire, buying a music concert ticket probably gives a person the right to grouse about disruptive fans.