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Area water advocates learn, network at conference


More than 300 lake association members, local government officials and water advocates of all stripes gathered at Cragun’s Resort May 1-2 to learn about challenges faced by the state’s freshwater lakes and rivers.

The goals of the 2014 State of Water Conference, sponsored by Conservation Minnesota, the Freshwater Society and numerous state agencies, were to assemble leaders in water advocacy to work toward solutions, develop relationships and become educated on the issues.


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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