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Mike O'Rourke

Looking for Brainerd area connections to Hurricane Irene

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

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.

Mike O'Rourke

A dollar well spent

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

      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.

Renee Richardson

'It's not the heat it's the humidity'

By: Renee Richardson | Blog: Renee Richardson's Blog

Weather is always a great topic. Like porridge — whether it's too hot, too cold or just right — it's on everyone's lips.  The recent heat wave across the nation and in the lakes area is unusual for its unrelenting duration. And this week will make anyone a believer that it's not the heat, it's the humidity. Holy cats, even the shade provided little, albeit slightly welcome, relief. And without a decent breeze, it was SSS time — sweating standing still.  Difficult days especially for...

Sarah Nelson Katzenberger

If the world is watching.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... | Blog: Sarah Nelson's Blog

I realize I'm outnumbered. I'm one of a handful of people in Minnesota, and probably North America, who actually cares about soccer, and probably part of an even lesser number who cares about women's soccer. Although...with the NBA AND NFL locked out or shutdown...whatever they do...things could change for soccer ratings. You can only watch so much baseball. Anyway... People typically don't like "girls' soccer." It's slow. It's less physical than the men's side. They don't score enough goals....

Phil Seibel

What a Weekend!

By: Phil Seibel | Blog: Phil Seibel's Blog

You know that expression, "Just like riding a bike?"  Well it's not always that easy.

Mike O'Rourke

Nolan campaign draws interest

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

  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.

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Phil Seibel

Keeping with the times

By: Phil Seibel | Blog: Phil Seibel's Blog

As the "online guy" here, I am a huge supporter of keeping up with the new things that come up in the world of online and technology. I'm used to scouring the internet and publications for information on the next best thing and how I can use it, both for work, or just pure amusement.  It really amazes me how quickly the new technology is developed, and I can't remember the last time I opened my facebook page and didn't see a change... it's all either new or improved, and sometimes it moves...

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Mike Bialka

A Hall of Fame thank you

By: Mike Bialka | Blog: Mike Bialka's Blog

Since being inducted into the Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame I have been inundated with emails, calls, letters and cards of congratulations. It's a tremendous and humbling honor. Congrats have ranged from people I played baseball against many years ago to a gentleman buying a Mother's Day card at the mall the same day as me. He knew me but I had no idea who he was.

Sarah Nelson Katzenberger

Making (revised) history.

By: Sarah Nelson Ka... | Blog: Sarah Nelson's Blog

Osama bin Laden is dead. The second those words flashed across the screen Sunday night, I knew people across the world would be reacting. Ten years of searching for this man and suddenly they had him. It didn't feel real. Like every other person connected to any form of social media, I immediately checked my Facebook to see what people were saying. That's the beauty of social media— it creates an immediate outlet for people to vent their feelings.

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Mike O'Rourke

Breaking news!

By: Mike O'Rourke | Blog: Mike O'Rourke's Blog

  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.