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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When ice many inches thick covers a lake, its waters are not meant to be entered by anything except what lives there.
A gorgeous, almost-spring day helped make both Brainerd and Crosslake St. Patrick's Day parades some of the most successful in organizers' memories. The temperature neared 50 degrees Saturday afternoon when floats began making their way through downtown Brainerd as a sizable crowd got into the Irish spirit. Organizer Steve "Shep" Shepherd, owner of Shep's on 6th, said the parade included 33 floats, representing businesses from as far south as St. Cloud.
As the clock wound down on 2017, I resisted setting any resolutions. I could say it was because I'm a contrarian (I am), but I think my defiance stemmed more from my fear of failure. Just once in my 31-year history on the planet have I managed to accomplish a resolution—genuinely, to the letter, completed a lofty annual goal. It was in 2010, when I evaded the temptation of fast food for 365 days (not counting Chipotle restaurant, because, well ... it was my resolution, OK?).
When Dr. David Laposky lost his job at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Clinic in Pine River in November, about 150 patients he treated for opioid dependency faced uncertainty concerning access to a provider. Laposky, a family medicine doctor with 30 years in the profession, was one of about 50 Essentia Health employees fired for refusing to receive an influenza vaccination. His departure exposed an unrelated plight: the precariousness of medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction in rural Minnesota.
A chorus of knocks and doorbells across the Brainerd lakes area Tuesday announced the arrival of some unexpected company and Christmas cheer. When Ralph Fredrick Henkensiefken opened the front door of his Buffalo Hills area home, he was greeted by Santa Claus and two of his elves.
For more than 350 law enforcement officers at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa Thursday, a demonstration on disrupting demand for underage sex trafficking became real life.
Owners of a troubled nursing home and assisted living facility in Pequot Lakes agreed to relinquish their license to provide home care services in three locations. The enforcement action comes in the wake of substantiated neglect leading to a client's death, a sexual assault of a resident by a staff member and a series of compliance violations spanning nearly two years.
When surgeons at Phebe Hospital in Liberia enter the operating theater, they wear miners' headlamps and bring cellphones. Intermittent failure of diesel generators powering the health care facility makes these tools invaluable for illuminating patients' bodies, allowing doctors to complete surgical procedures. Sometimes, power must be shut down to conserve fuel. During the wet season, roads to the hospital can become impassable, making fuel deliveries impossible.
Neglect by the Heritage House of Pequot Lakes led to the death of a client living at the assisted living facility, the Minnesota Department of Health reported. An investigation completed by the state agency substantiated charges of neglect, described as improper catheter care and an unclean environment leading to death by a complex urinary tract infection.
Crow Wing County commissioners are expected to receive the highest pay increase in 2018 in at least a decade. Coupled with a salary increase of 3.3 percent over 2017 to $30,000, per diem payments are also set to increase from $50 to $75 per a resolution passed Sept. 26. Per diem is a form of additional compensation granted to commissioners and members of county citizen committees for attending meetings. Per diem can be collected once per day of meetings attended. The increase would apply to all committees, confirmed County Administrator Tim Houle.