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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A report the Greater Than Minnesota Project released in July calls for increased funding, staff training and system support for child care providers in rural Minnesota. The "community solution action plan" for Crow Wing, southern Cass and Wadena counties developed by the coalition, which includes First Children's Finance and the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, was based upon a town hall meeting held May 22 in Merrifield. Participants identified trends they say are impacting child care and early education in rural parts of the state, including the expense and travel requirements of trai
After a continuation of the public hearing on road reconstruction bonds, the Nisswa City Council approved bonds totaling $731,100 at its Wednesday, July 30, special meeting. The bonds will cover the costs of several road improvements added to the city's five-year street reconstruction plan, including parts of Main Street, Old County Road 18, Roy Lake Connection and Lower Cullen Road. The council opted for a five-year repayment option with an interest rate of 1.68 percent. The plan also calls for improvements to Hazelwood Drive, and the council approved adding a segment of Nisswa Avenue for
Another longtime Crosslake Communications employee submitted a letter of resignation, marking the second such departure since June 30. Operations manager Jared Johnson, who has worked at the company for 13 years, announced his resignation Tuesday, July 22. Johnson accepted a general manager position at Goldfield Telephone Company in Goldfield, Iowa. "I've been offered a phenomenal opportunity," he said.
Residents and visitors of Nisswa will once again be able to drop off their recyclables at the fire hall with council approval of a contract with Waste Partners of Pine River on Wednesday, July 30. Following the removal of drop-off bins by Nisswa Sanitation just before the Fourth of July weekend, the council sought proposals to replace the bins or offer curbside recycling.
When I moved back up north nearly six months ago to begin writing for the Echo Journal, I never planned to leave the position as quickly as I've ended up leaving. Rarely in my life have I left a job quickly or unexpectedly, often lingering at semi-dysfunctional places of business perhaps a bit longer than I should. My mom tells me I'm "loyal to a fault." That's what makes my exit from the Echo Journal so shocking to me. I'm leaving the best job I've ever had after working at it for less than a year.
Fifty Lakes Planning and Zoning Administrator Gordy Reller announced his resignation at the city council's July 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. Reller said he will stay on the job through the Tuesday, Sept. 9 regular council meeting to give the council time to find a replacement. In a phone interview on Friday, July 25, Reller said the best part about the job has been working with people. "I've always been involved in government because I like meeting people and working with them if possible," he said.
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved a bid for the patio addition to the 50 Lakes Bar & Bottle Shop at its July 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. The council received one bid for the project for $29,350 from Classic Renovations of Pine River. The company will construct a 50-foot-by-14-foot patio, not including the concrete apron, which will be handled separately. In other business, the council: • Scheduled a public hearing for several changes to ordinances for Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
Residents of Lake Shore will face new restrictions on the sale of vehicles and equipment on private property. The city council passed a new nuisance ordinance governing the display of "For Sale" items in response to several complaints about some properties in the city with near-constant displays.
Richard Smith is one of "a bunch of volunteers learning more than they ever wanted to know about pipelines." A member of Friends of the Headwaters (FOH), a Hubbard County-based group organized around opposition to the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, Smith spoke Tuesday, July 22, at the Fifty Lakes Foundation Building, urging members of area lake associations to get involved. The Whitefish Area Property Owners' Association (WAPOA) hosted the event, which attracted more than 55 people representing 15 individual area lakes.
The Pequot Lakes School Board got a glimpse at the future of the district's budget at its work session on Monday, July 21, and without changes, the future holds a whole lot of red ink. A five-year budget forecast prepared by School Management Services, a Rochester-based business planning consultant firm specializing in schools, projects Pequot Lakes may be facing statutory operating debt (SOD) by the 2017-18 school year. Board chair Kim Bolz-Andolshek described the forecast as "pretty alarming," but that the information it provided would help the board make more informed decisions about futu