Hibbing team wins 6th Ever Bonspiel

A curling team from Hibbing outlasted 31 other teams to win the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club’s 6th Ever Bonspiel, Dec. 1-3.  The annual open bonspiel is the Brainerd club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. It attracted teams from Wisconsin, North Dakota and Minnesota.  The Hibbing team, which beat a team from Bismarck, N.D., in the finals, was comprised of Paul Pustovar, Bob Perkovich, Don Mohawk and Mike Kniffin. A team from Brainerd club won the B Bracket. That team was comprised of Mike Williams, Robert Hauglog, Jarrett Swanson and Mike Hushagen. In the C Bracket, a team from Eau Claire, Wis., took home the finals win. The team: Ron Parks, Jason Verdon, Bob Heacox and Stuart Lorentz.   The D Bracket was won by a team from St. Paul: Shaun Rogers, Jeff Dubois, Kevin Walsh and Nathan West.        ...

Big improvements in store for 2017-18 season

Curling in the Brainerd area is on the rise, as the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club starts its 11th season with a growing membership, expanded leagues, improvements to the curling arena and plans to host a national tournament. The club launched its 2017-18 season with a Community Curling Night, where the public was invited to visit the club, check out its leagues and programs, and give curling a try. The club’s fall leagues run through December. A major change this year is the addition of two new leagues: an Open League on Sunday afternoons and a Doubles League Sunday nights. The club also offers the following leagues: First Timers Mini League on Mondays, Men’s League on Tuesdays, Women’s League on Thursdays and Open Leagues on Wednesdays and Fridays. “We expanded our leagues this year to give new and existing curlers more opportunities to get involved,” said Mary Jo Hamilton, who chairs the club’s Board of Directors club. “We added the Doubles League for two-person teams, and the First Timer’s Mini League is for those who want a taste of league play without the pressure of competing against experienced teams and committing to an entire season. We think that’s going to be very popular for those who are new to the sport.” The most exciting addition to this year’s schedule is the U.S. Curling Association’s Club Nationals tournament, Feb. 11-17. Some of the top club teams from around the country will be in Brainerd competing for a national championship. “This is a great chance for our club and our community to get some national exposure, so that’s very exciting,” Hamilton said....

Community Curling Night set for Oct. 21

If you’re curious about what curling is all about, here’s your chance to check it out first-hand. The Community Curling Night is set for 6-9 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. This is a free event and a chance for those who attend to learn more about the sport and leagues, and get on the ice try their hand at curling. Cashwise Liquor will be on hand for beer and wine tasting. If you want to give curling a try that night, please wear athletic shoes with clean rubber soles and warm, comfortable clothes. It’s 45 degrees in the area and you’ll be doing a lot of bending, so keep that in mind when you’re picking out your attire. The Community Curling Night is open to the public. You must be at least fourth grade to go on the ice.  The Curling Club is located on the southwest corner of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, right off 13th...

Brainerd to host USA Curling’s Club National Championships

The Brainerd Lakes Curling Club was selected to host the 2018 USA Curling Club National Championships, Feb. 10-17.  The 20 best club teams from throughout the country will be here to compete for a championship. USA Curling classifies this as one of its four major formal events each year. The top 10 men’s and top 10 women’s teams will be competing and accompanied by USA Curling officials, timers, umpires, spectators, family members, etc. It’s a tremendous honor for the Brainerd club and a great opportunity to showcase Brainerd curling, community and area. Last year’s club championship in Fairbanks, Alaska attracted teams from as far away as Arizona, Texas and Massachusetts. This year’s event is expected to do the same. Event apparel is now available Click here to view event shirts and sweatshirts. Download the order form and send it back before Jan. 22 to get your apparel prior to the tournament. Apparel will also be available after Jan. 22 but the club cannot guarantee that orders will be filled prior to the event....

16 teams competed in 2017 Holden Memorial Bonspiel

The 2017 Holden Memorial Bonspiel attracted 16 years this year during the two-day competition that honored Fran Holden, who donated the money to build the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. Special thanks to tournament coordinators Dan Nelson and Doug Wolf, and Carol Nelson’s amazing cooking! Congratulations to the winners and all the teams that competed! Click here to see a photo gallery. The winners are...

Cheers to the 2017 Winter League champs!

The 2017 Winter Leagues are done, and champs have been crowned. Congratulations to the winning teams, the league organizers and all the players who competed during the eight-week season. Photos below. Brent & The Bachelors won the Men’s Tuesday League, which had 17 teams. The Linda’s won the Wednesday Open League, which had 14 teams. Mickey’s Sheet Shakers won the Women’s Thursday League, which had 8 teams. American Peat Technologies won the Friday Open League, which had 9 teams.          ...