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Frank Lee

Staff Writer

I am a professional Minnesota-based journalist at the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper who has won awards for fact-based reporting and features writing, and whose articles have also appeared in 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. 📽️

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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.
Steve Brandt of Brainerd died in May from cancer at the age of 65, but his legacy lives on in his three children ... and in the young pine trees the family planted decades ago at their former residence near Jackson and Northwest Third streets he humorously dubbed “Steve Brandt National Forest.”
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.
Paula Persons, a certified diver, took home the prize for most creative in the Minnesota School of Diving Inc.'s annual Halloween underwater pumpkin-carving contest at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area near Crosby.