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The Rob (Re)Report airs on WDAY AM970 from 1-2pm weekdays focusing on political news and current events in North Dakota. Host Rob Port writes SayAnythingBlog.com, North Dakota's most popular and influential political blog, and is a columnist for the Forum News Service with weekly columns in papers including the Fargo Forum, Grand Forks Herald, Jamestown Sun, and the Dickinson Press.
 
Joy Randel is a woman who has truly let her life go to the dogs … and she couldn’t be happier! After a decades-long career in the bustling Information Technology industry, Joy decided to combine her considerable technical expertise with her passion for animals and create the online boutique, DazzleDogDelight.com . Dazzle Dog Delight is designed to provide dedicated pet owners gifts and sundries for the “pet who has everything.” But far from being a nose-in-the-air enterprise for upper-crust ...
 
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For months of relative calm, area hospitals worked to develop complex and ever-adapting plans for how to handle what may lie ahead in the coronavirus pandemic. Now facing more COVID-19 patients than ever before, an influx of people who’ve delayed care for chronic conditions, and reduced staff due to illness or quarantine, the difficult days that we…
 
The Last Turn Saloon is one of Brainerd’s oldest and most iconic businesses, dating back to the early pioneer and railroad days of the city that grew from the banks of the Mississippi River. Its current location on South Eighth Street is not the original — the first Last Turn was located at the corner of Fourth Street South and Front Street. The or…
 
It was 1918 in Brainerd, Minnesota, and residents were focused on the sacrifices they were making for the war effort abroad. Little did they know they would soon face an enemy much closer to home as the Spanish flu made its way to the rural northern reaches of the state. Join former Brainerd Dispatch publisher Terry McCollough as he takes us back a…
 
Deborah Erickson is not only the elections head in Crow Wing County. She also serves as chair of the elections committee for the Minnesota Association of County Officers, as the Minnesota-designated local representative on the national Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board and on the federal Government Coordinating Council for elections c…
 
With this week's epic misinformation on social media, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this 2018 conversation on journalistic ethics. What makes a journalist ethical? How can journalists develop and maintain public trust? Just as in many newsrooms, the reporters and editors of the Brainerd Dispatch must regularly grapple with ethical d…
 
Likely the most recognizable Brainerd Dispatch ambassadors, staff photographers Steve Kohls and Kelly Humphrey capture images of the passions, tragedies, laughter and fun of the lakes area community. They are just as likely to appear at a community picnic as they are a house fire, and each day presents a new challenge for the dedicated pair. In thi…
 
Many unknowns still surround COVID-19, including its potential effects on household pets. With the lingering uncertainty, pet owners should be prepared to take special precautions to protect their furry family members in the event they themselves get sick, local animal experts told Brainerd Dispatch reporter Theresa Bourke. Catch her story along wi…
 
We all could use a break from the reality we currently face, right? Here's your chance. We're bringing you a rebroadcast of our most popular DispatchCast episode ever. Ironton native John Henry Seadlund was the central figure in a captivating series of crimes 80 years ago -- crimes that led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself to visit the Brainerd…
 
Nick Anderson is one of the nine rising Major League Baseball stars who should be a household name, according to MLB.com's Richard Justice. The 2008 Brainerd High School graduate had his breakout season in 2019, ending it with the AL Wild Card game-winning Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson talked with Brainerd Dispatch sports reporter Conrad Engstrom about …
 
Leaders in the Brainerd lakes area business development community join Community Editor Chelsey Perkins to talk developments in federal and state aid to businesses over the week, ways they've seen small business leaders adapt and what makes them proud to be involved in this community. Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins Guests: Greg Bergman, regional di…
 
"Something like this happens and the cynics might say, 'Oh, it takes a crisis for us to actually come together.' And I guess the optimist might look at is as, 'Yeah, in a crisis, we can still come together.' Maybe that’s the good way to look at it," said Brainerd Dispatch Editor Matt Erickson. "Something big comes up, we still have the ability to p…
 
Coronavirus concerns are sweeping across the state, a large fire hit Brainerd, new inductees made it into Brainerd Public Schools' Legendary Women Hall of Fame, Second Amendment rights activists want county officials to take action, and new data sheds light on the county's housing situation. Host: Chelsey Perkins Producer/Contributing Reporter: The…
 
Who killed Rachel Anthony? On the 19th anniversary of her disappearance, we take a look back at the case. Plus, Dispatch reporters Gabe Lagarde and Theresa Bourke take us inside the grassroots action at the DFL and GOP caucuses this week, and the Brainerd Dispatch's top headlines. Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins Contributing Reporters: Theresa Bourk…
 
A children's museum is headed to Brainerd, plus the Dispatch newsroom talks school updates, the upcoming presidential primary, a rape allegation against a former Baxter youth pastor that came to light recently, plus the week's top news and sports headlines. Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins Contributing Reporters: Theresa Bourke, Conrad Engstrom, Jenn…
 
Around 5 p.m. on Aug. 6, 1969, a tornado that had intensified to a powerful category F4 with winds of more than 200 mph, barreled toward the northern Minnesota community of Outing. It was one of a series of tornadoes that cut across northern Minnesota and killed a total of 15 people, including 11 in the Outing area. Most of the Outing deaths were v…
 
What are Brainerd residents doing to try to save the city's historic water tower, a landmark towering over the landscape for a century? And how can others help? In this episode of the DispatchCast, reporter Theresa Bourke sits down with water tower committee members Carissa Meyer and Dave Badeaux to learn about fundraising initiatives and how to ge…
 
DispatchCast presents "This Week," a dive into Brainerd lakes area headlines and newsmakers. Feb. 22, 2019 A look at a bill on charitable gambling taxes, by Gabe Lagarde (5:34) Get to know newly elected Aitkin County Sheriff Dan Guida with Jennifer Kraus (8:29) Hear from Brainerd Community Development Director David Chanski on his vision for the ci…
 
Robbery. Kidnapping. Ransom. Murder. Ironton native John Henry Seadlund was the central figure in a captivating series of crimes 80 years ago -- crimes that led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself to visit the Brainerd lakes area. The story of small-town boy turned brash criminal made headlines across the country, and a close look at the Brainerd …
 
On DispatchCast Episode 038, Melissa Barrick talks about the upcoming native tree and plant sale hosted by the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District, and Frank Lee shares some of his recent interview with Bob Nelson, who plans to retire from the Crow Wing County Veterans Service Office this May. Visit https://tinyurl.com/bobnelsonVSO to re…
 
Mike Bialka spent the last four decades covering high school sports in the Brainerd lakes area. The retiring sports editor sat down recently to reflect on his career -- and those who’ve been impacted by Bialka’s dedication to the craft shared some memories, too. Listen in as one of the longest-tenured sports editors in the state, a constant presenc…
 
The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes elevated stress levels. But it doesn't have to be that way! Local naturopath and author of "The Blue Sheep Movement," Cynthia Ransom, shares her tips for alleviating stress naturally in this week's episode of the DispatchCast. Ransom recently shared her calming wisdom in a column in the winter …
 
Fargo Forum editor Matt Von Pinnon talks about his paper's opinion that North Dakota needs to elect more Democrats. State Senator Erin Oban talks about being the only Democrat elected in western North Dakota. Madison Rodgers talks about ROTC students in North Dakota who have had the rug pulled out from under them on tuition.…
 
"I want to start on that immediately." That's what Senator-elect Kevin Cramer said on my radio show today when asked by a listener if he'd keep a campaign promise to address federal policy with regard to marijuana. Cramer has said consistently that he'd like to move the issue out of the sphere of federal policy and squarely into the domain of the s…
 
On the radio show today, Congressman Kevin Cramer took calls and questions during his last appearance on the show before election day. Eric Trump made the case for sending Republican majorities back to Congress to support his father's agenda. Also North Dakota and Minnesota U.S. House candidates Kelly Armstrong and Tom Emmer talked about their resp…
 
"In The Dark" lead reporter Madeleine Baran and senior producer Samara Freemark offered a behind-the-scenes look at their investigative journalism at an event Thursday night at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter. Before the event, they sat down with me and talked about the cases they’ve investigated and their thoughts on their work’s impac…
 
On the radio show today, we talked a lot about efforts by North Dakota Democrats to confuse voters. From their phony-baloney mailers promoting an independent candidate in the Secretary of State race to Facebook ads trying to scare hunters away from voting. Also state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones, a Republican from Fargo, and attorney Mark Friese talk a…
 
On the radio show today, we talked about the national furor over North Dakota's voter ID laws which are nearly two years old but only became important to left wing activists in the weeks before an important midterm election. A pollster from the Trafalgar Group talked about their most recent polling in North Dakota's Senate race showing Congressman …
 
On the radio show today we talked a lot about President Donald Trump proposing to make changes to birthright citizenship policies through executive order. Some callers also complained about the treatment they got from canvassers for Senator Heidi Heitkamp calling them on their phone. Justin Luke Riley of the Marijuana Accountability Coalition spoke…
 
U.S. House candidate Mac Schneider talked about his closing argument for voters in the final days of his campaign. He says he's going to remain focused on issues important to North Dakotans and not the"partisan clown show." Cass County Sheriff candidate Mike Kjera was also on to make the case for his candidacy. Former Trump campaign adviser Michael…
 
James O'Keefe from Project Veritas was on the radio show today to talk about undercover footage his group published showing staffers for Senator Heidi Heitkamp saying, among other things, that she's not the moderate she's campaigning as. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse was also on the program to discuss the North Dakota Senate race, as well as the pipe …
 
Medal of Honor recipient and North Dakota resident Clint Romesha was on the radio show today and endorsed Congressman Kevin Cramer in his race against Senate incumbent Heidi Heitkamp. "When he tells you he's going to do something, he does it," Romesha said of Cramer's work on issues related to veterans. Romesha also recounted an incident where Sena…
 
Former Trump campaign manager and chief strategist Stephen Bannon was on the radio show to talk about the midterms. Asked about recent polling showing Senator Heidi Heitkamp with a 16 point deficit to challenger Congressman Kevin Cramer, Bannon says the Kavanaugh fight made "the Trump base wake up to the importance of the moment." He says holding o…
 
On the radio show today Jordan Loftis, the organizer of an open letter with more than 700 signatories asking Governor Doug Burgum to undo a "brand refresh" he announced for the state's tourism logo, explains why so many people are upset about it. Loftis says the logo will be used in tens of millions of dollars worth of marketing, and the state dese…
 
On the radio show today Secretary of State Al Jaeger, and his Democratic challenger Josh Boschee, each gave their sides of the story about a problem with misprinted ballots in Mercer County. Jaeger says the mistake was made at the county level. Boshcee says it's Jaeger's fault, and part of a pattern of errors coming out of his office. Korrie Wenzel…
 
Senator Heidi Heitkamp appeared on the radio show today for the first time ever and apologized for a recent campaign ad which named sexual assault victims without their permission. Also, some of the women named in the ad said they are not victims. "All I can say is at the end of the day when I put my head on the pillow I know that I caused hurt...t…
 
On the radio show today we had an hour-long and very informative debate about Measure 3 which, if approved in November, would legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota. David Owens from Legalize ND made the affirmative argument for the measure while Will Jones from Smart Approaches to Marijuana provided the counter argument. I also discussed …
 
On the radio show today North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Randy Christmann joined me to talk about a proposal to turn the benefits of the Trump tax cuts into refunds from North Dakota's largest electrical utility (not to mention a guarantee for no rate increases for a couple of years). We also talked about the Davis Refinery project from Mer…
 
On the radio show today, NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said it was Senator Heidi Heitkamp's vote against appointing Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court which drew them to endorse in the North Dakota Senate race. "WE were kind of laying low in this race," she told me, but when Heitkamp voted against Kavanaugh "that sealed her fate for us." "S…
 
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