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Theresa Bourke

Staff Writer

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.

Theresa grew up in Marathon, Wisconsin and moved to the Twin Cities for college, graduating from the University of St. Thomas in 2016 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. She was a student reporter and editor for TommieMedia while in college. After graduation she spent the first two years of her career as a reporter at the weekly PineandLakes Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes.

Contact Theresa with story tips at 218-855-5860 or

Egon Overgaard is using his trip as an opportunity to raise money for a solar array project at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville.
Four-year-old Hickle Harley Ware went missing from Bungo Township in 1938, and no trace of him was ever found despite an exhaustive search.
Sarah Lancaster hopes to use her newfound platform to advocate for more mental health services in schools and the important of teachers of color.
Lorna Klefsaas gave her son Sivert $1,800 to stay off social media until he was 18. And he did.
Iryna Wester keeps constant tabs on her family and friends in Kyiv war breaks out in her home country.
Brainerd native Ernest Cleaveland served in Normandy during WWII. But how his military dog tag popped up in Northern Ireland nearly 80 years later is a mystery.
More than 900 cars participated in the chain that lasted from Thursday afternoon to Saturday evening.
A busload of homeless dogs from Houston PetSet in Texas drove up to Babinski Foundation in hopes of giving the pups a better shot at a forever home.
Anyone with information on Jenna Bartylla’s whereabouts should contact the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office at 218-829-4749 and ask to speak with an investigator.
PEQUOT LAKES, Minn.-The uncertain future of a historic landmark fire tower overlooking northern Minnesota forest land might be getting clearer if Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede has anything to say about it.Thiede said during a county b...