I have loved tennis for years. While I can't keep a ball in the court or serve to save my life, I find the sport fascinating. It's not just the physical effort or stamina required. Tennis is a mental challenge. For singles players, it requires the fortitude to go out on a large court in front of thousands of people without a teammate for comfort or cover. It requires problem solving on a grand scale and at a fast pace. Points and sets may go by quickly. Or a match may hinge on a few points in a...
Big names are playing doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Andy Roddick is playing with Minnesota native Mardy Fish. And America's top doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be looking for their first BNP Paribas Open title. It's hard to believe the Bryans, who have been so successful on courts across the globe haven't nabbed this title in their home state.
Other tops seeds taking to the doubles court include Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
UPDATE: When I started writing this blog yesterday there were just under a million views of the KONY 2012 video.
It's gone viral. More than 19 million people have watched on YouTube alone and this thing has taken over the internet. People are watching and they are moving to action.
It happened yesterday morning.
I knew it would at some point but I wasn't prepared for it.
To be completely blunt, my 20-month-old daughter, Isabella, told me she pooped before we left our house to go to daycare.
Yes, folks. You heard correctly. My "baby" told me she dirtied her diaper.
I couldn't believe my ears. I was sure it was a fluke. So I asked her. She repeated herself. Twice.
We headed into her bedroom to change her diaper and sure enough, she had done exactly what she said she did.
I'm not sure I really want to know what the tom cat in the kitchen is thinking. It might be better to assume he's pretty happy with a pat on the head or the crunchy food in his dish. But there are times when he looks off in the distance that I'm sure he's pondering his place in the universe. And maybe he is.
Joyce Leake of Animal University hosts seminars on animal communication. She'll be in Brainerd March 9-11 at Spirit Horse Center. Her workshops are designed to teach people the basics and...
Snowmobilers and snowshoe enthusiasts have grumbled all winter about the dearth of snow this season. Well, here’s another reason why many of us have missed those blizzard-filled winters of yesteryear.
Challenging weather, such as this past week’s dumping of 7 inches of snow in Brainerd, often brings out random acts of kindness.
Of course they will need to get there first, but of the numerous quality wrestlers in the Brainerd lakes area, who has the best shot for gold next weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul?
Last year, Pierz's Clint Poster won his second state title and Crosby-Ironton's Hayden Zillmer picked up his third straight. Both young men have graduated so who is next?
I’m easily distracted. I admit it.
Covering a basketball game, Brainerd girls vs Sartell, I saw this adorable little kid and couldn’t help it - I had to take a few pics. As I was watching the game, out of the corner of my eye, this little guy was climbing up and down the bleacher steps, flirting with the girls and, every once in awhile, making a break for it out the gym door and down the hallway. Plus, it was a beautiful backdrop of bleachers creating strong lines and an intriguing repetitive...
BAXTER — Two Brainerd Dispatch newsroom employees scurried into the back of Lord of Life Lutheran Church Thursday — late for a funeral.
It was, perhaps, an unintentional tribute to Joe Melby, the longtime Dispatch printer, who had spent much of his newspaper career waiting for a layout dummy or a late photo or story in order to put Page1A to bed.
Melby, who died Saturday at the age of 82, at his Baxter home, worked in the Dispatch composing room longer than anyone here can really remember,...
For the past 12 years, I have been invited to read to kids at Riverside Elementary School for February’s “I Love to Read Month.” The school invites “celebrity readers” in the community to spend 20-30 minutes to read to one of the classes. The object is to encourage children to read through the use of the celebrity’s role model.
I don’t see myself as a celebrity, but anything I can do to help a student get motivated to read is well worth the time to do. Reading is very important and is a skill...
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