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New welding shop to open in Lake Shore

A new welding and repair business will open soon in Lake Shore.

Lee Wangstad of Fairview Township broke ground Wednesday, April 23, for his new venture at 7673 Interlachen Road. The business, Lee’s Welding and Repair, will offer fabrication work and is set to open in a little more than a month.

Wangstad is a recent graduate of Central Lakes College, where he now works as a laboratory aid in the welding department. Previously, he spent 30 years in estimating in the construction business. Wangstad has also worked as a professional writer, editor and graphic designer. He wrote a monthly column in Boating World magazine about classic boats for 15 years, and is currently the managing editor and designer for The BoatHouse, the magazine of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

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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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