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Frank Lee

Staff Writer

I cover arts and entertainment, and write feature stories, for the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper. As a professional journalist with years of experience, I have won awards for my fact-based reporting. And my articles have also appeared in other publications, including USA Today. 📰

Voted most likely in high school ... "not to be voted most likely for anything," I'm noted by my editors for "for bringing humor and a strong work ethic and a passion for the profession to our team" of award-winning reporters. 🏆

Writing local articles about interesting people in the Brainerd lakes area in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (and watching and discussing movies on my movie-related Twitter account at @bdfilmforum) are among my interests. 📽️

To contact me with story suggestions, questions or compliments, call me during business hours at (218) 855-5863, email me at frank.lee@brainerddispatch.com, or message me via Twitter at @DispatchFL. (Include your contact information, such as name and how to reach you.) ☎

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Local historian Ray Nelson shares his research of Minnesota's oldest rifle artifact to date and its journey from Europe to fur trade-era Minnesota. He is a member of the Friends of Old Crow Wing and its former president, and a founder of the Crow Wing County Muzzleloaders Club.
This year marks the 95th anniversary of Lindbergh's solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean from New York City to Paris in 1927. The famed aviator dubbed “Lucky Lindy” grew up on a Little Falls farm before becoming a worldwide celebrity.
Charles “Bud” Sedlachek was born in Jasper, Minnesota, in 1938, died of congestive heart failure in Brainerd at 83 on Jan. 3. The Crow Wing County farmer loved John Deere equipment, so a John Deere tractor led the funeral procession and he was buried in a custom-ordered John Deere casket.
Medical exams such as mammograms, colonoscopies and pap smears were put off by some people during the coronavirus pandemic because of their concerns related to the in-person services. But with COVID-19 vaccines and masking more common now, local health care providers want people to resume the potentially life-saving visits to the doctor.
Artists Samantha French and her partner Aaron Hauck create a wall-sized mural near Big Axe Brewing Co. and StoneHouse Coffee & Roastery. French's brother Chris owns the brewery and her parents own the coffee shop in Nisswa.
Roundhouse Brewery in Nisswa, Minn., began building its six-lane Wreck Room last year to accommodate ax throwing and other recreational activities upstairs while also serving beverages during social activities.
“I think — and I think a lot of the kids on the team think as well — that sailing is just the most fun in the world. ... I will say that sailing, particularly the kind of sailing that the high school team does — which is small boat, fairly physical sailing — is unlike any other activity you’re likely to find anywhere.” — Josh Sullivan, coach of the Brainerd High School sailing team.
It may be easier to avoid talking about race relations in the Brainerd lakes area than in other parts of the country. Blacks comprise just 2.5% of the city of Brainerd’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, while whites make up 92.5% of the population.
LEGIONVILLE, Minn.--As the battle of the bog enters another week, the monstrous bog's days in front of the Legionville School Safety Patrol Training Center may finally be numbered.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Program specialist Debby Felske knows that looks can be deceiving, especially as an administrator at Oakridge Woodview, which provides residential and support services.