My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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Paul Hoge had a unique laugh, but it was welcoming and kind. His presence when visitors and fans walked into the Ranger Gym at Crosby-Ironton High School had the same effect.
EAST GULL LAKE—Food fusion. Seems like a funny term until you meet Wayd Lovaas, the new executive chef at Cragun's Resort in East Gull Lake. Lovaas has come full circle geographically speaking. Born in the lakes area, Lovaas later moved to St. Paul, but summered in the Sylvan Lake area. His first introduction to cooking came from his Grandmother Lovaas where the two would spend many weekends creating Sunday family dinners. As he grew older, Lovaas returned to the area to work with his Grandmother Duell and her food truck.
A small group of do-it-yourself chefs sat salivating Wednesday. Brian Plum and Flor Molero captivated elementary aged audience members and intrigued older learners during their inaugural cooking class at Lost Lake Lodge in Lake Shore. The subject: homemade pasta. The result: Too many "mmms" and "aahhs" to quote. The new husband and wife executive chef team of Plum and Molero at the small resort on the Gull Lake Narrows went over pasta making basics for one of their early attempts to connect with lakes area eaters.
Marcello Getty said it was crazy. Damien Bentho said, "He's a pretty cool guy." They were talking about meeting Peyton Manning on the first night of the Manning Passing Academy June 21-24 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. The two Brainerd eighth-graders returned from camp Monday afternoon and were still on cloud nine talking about their experience Wednesday, June 27. Getty participated in the quarterback clinic, while Bentho brushed up on his skills as a running back.
Dressed in yellow to give fellow players fair warning he was coming, Preston Luman cruised to 141 holes of golf in one day. The Lake Shore resident was three holes shy of playing eight full rounds Friday, June 22, at The Vintage at Staples. He wasn't doing it out of boredom or on a dare. Luman was doing it for his wife and the many others that suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Brainerd will be three players short Tuesday, June 12, when the Class 3A state tournament is played at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. The Warriors were close to breaking the seal on a state tournament berth by finishing second to Alexandria for the Section 8-3A championship. Brainerd fell two strokes short. Being that close, however, meant the Warriors were able to send three individuals to state in Gavin Metz, Jack Evans and Erik Stoxen. Metz shot 73-77 for a second-place 150 in the Section 8-3A tournament at Rich Spring to advance to his third state tournament.
On April 8, before most teams saw cleared courts, the Rochester Century Panthers were the No. 2-ranked team in Class 2A. Tuesday, they'll be the No. 3-seeded team in the Class 2A state team tournament and will face the unbeaten and unseeded Brainerd Warriors 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the University of Minnesota. Brainerd enters its first state tournament since the 1970s with a 24-0 record.
The 19th annual Mary Sundstrom Memorial Youth Golf and Tennis tournament is scheduled for July 11-12 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course and Courts in Coleraine. The golf tournament will be 9 a.m. July 11 with a shotgun start for boys and girls. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. It is an 18-hole stroke tournament with age groups of 12-14, 15-18 for boys and girls each. There will be a mite flight (ages 11 and under) that will play nine holes. There will also be a putting contest.
A chance occurrence has turned into a gold mine of success for Adelaide Hubbard. The Pequot Lakes Patriots senior was just fooling around during an early track and field meet at Bemidji State University. It was during her junior year and the Patriots were just concentrating on field events at the indoor event. Hubbard had competed in the high jump and long jump, but wanted to give triple jump a try. That's when gold struck.
Jake Dykhoff just knows how to rise to the occasion. Ask any team he pitches against. The senior for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines dished out an 8-0 shutout over the previously unbeaten Pequot Lakes Patriots May 14. He did himself one better during a 2-0 victory over Perham May 22, tossing a no-hitter.