Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins 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 becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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As August drew to a close, I realized something—I never planned an intentional new experience for myself. At the risk of sounding annoying, life's been so busy and so much fun lately, the month marking my birth (I'm 32 now!) flew by. Upon further reflection, it was also perhaps my most active month of new experiences, just by virtue of living.
AITKIN—It might be easier to list what Maple Ridge Produce farm doesn't grow, rather than what it does. Erik Heimark's ambitious garden spilled over with greens, vegetables and flowers of numerous varieties in late July, nestled into a picturesque farmstead south of Lone Lake in rural Aitkin. Amid rows of heirloom watermelon radishes, red Bibb lettuce and dahlias, Heimark beamed with pride at what he described as his greatest accomplishment this growing season: giant, bountiful tomato plants in a high tunnel.
AITKIN—Julie Ince visits the Aitkin Bakery once a week. It's the miniature lemon curd bundt cakes that lure her through the door, but she also enjoys the mystery of the new offerings she might find behind the glass. "It's all just really good," Ince said as she purchased her weekly staple. "There's always something different to try." On an early August morning, Ince settled on a second mini delight, a chocolate fudge bundt procured from a dizzying array of cookies, tarts, pies, candies, rolls, cupcakes, bars and doughnuts.
As people left the Chalberg Theatre Monday night, July 23, after two hours of debate among five DFLers vying for the 8th Congressional District seat, discussion ensued on whether the event offered clarity on candidate preference.
When Brainerd native Chris Crust thinks of his nephew Murdoch, he thinks of the boy's light-hearted nature and independent streak. "He was kind of a wild child like his dad," Chris said. "A curious kid, a happy-go-lucky kid. ... Everybody loved him a lot."
LAKE SHORE—Although the metal swing set in my childhood backyard was firmly tethered to the ground, it shuddered with an eerie creak when the momentum of my swing carried me higher into the air.
Twilight had yet to give way to the morning sun on a Monday in October 85 years ago in downtown Brainerd.
Think about a time when you've used an item and thought about the ways it could have a better design. Maybe it's missing a helpful hook, or would benefit from size adjustments, or maybe it'd be better to start from scratch and design a version with the features and colors you see in your mind's eye.
A Pelican Lake property owner wants Crow Wing County commissioners to take a harder look at regulating short-term vacation rentals. Dave Williams, a seasonal resident on the southeastern corner of the lake in Pelican Township, addressed the board Tuesday, May 22, during the open forum portion of its meeting. He said his neighbors run their non-homesteaded property like a business, renting out to as many as 15 people at once for short-term stays.
Those wishing to pay respects this Memorial Day weekend at the All Veterans Memorial on Laurel Street may want to watch their step.