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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.
The Brainerd City Council approved a settlement agreement with the Firefighters Union Local 4725 Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. The firefighters will not be reinstated.
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.
The new course will begin this fall at the Central Lakes College Staples campus.
“The thrill of going out the door and not really knowing quite what was going to happen, it was a rush," Bob Burns said.
John Wgeishofski set up shop in Brainerd in the early 1960s and officially retired from the hair styling business July 30.
The treetop cabins have become such popular rentals that the owners are hard-pressed to find times to use the properties themselves.