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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

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.
Lorna Klefsaas gave her son Sivert $1,800 to stay off social media until he was 18. And he did.
More than 900 cars participated in the chain that lasted from Thursday afternoon to Saturday evening.
While I love the decorations I have and tend to use the same ones year after year, it’s also nice to have something new and maybe a little different each holiday season, so I’m always on the lookout for unique items to add to my Christmas collection.
PINE RIVER, Minn.-An unlikely class reunion took place at Pine River's Good Samaritan Nursing Home in northern Minnesota last month between a 96-year-old and a 107-year-old.Pequot Lakes resident Irene Olson, 96, attended Whitefish School in Pine ...