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Fifty Lakes city clerk loves her job, small town life


When Karen Stern and her husband, Jon, grew tired of working at Liberty Carton Company in Minneapolis, where they’d both worked for more than 20 years, they decided a change of pace was in order.

They got that change in 1996 when they resettled with their three children from their home in Cologne, Minn., to Emily as the new owners of Up North Gifts/Sweets N’ Such.


Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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