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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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.
Anyone who's ever watched "Chopped" knows what a challenging mix of ingredients participating chefs are expected to concoct dishes from—in a limited amount of time. Three locals took part in a contest modeled after the Food Network show last week, hosted by Sprout in Little Falls. Called "Minced," the competition pitted three professional cooks against one another in three rounds of dishes, all incorporating a number of ingredients hidden from the contestants until just before the clock started.
Sand now fills gaps in brick work and caution tape cordons off an area of the All Veterans Memorial on Laurel Street—one day after county officials raised concerns about the potential hazards of the in-progress renovation.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede opted to place his name on the ballot once again this November. The four-time county commissioner announced his intention to run for re-election Friday, May 18, citing his desire to continue the financial successes the board has overseen during his service. Thiede represents District 2 in northwestern Crow Wing County, which includes the cities of Fifty Lakes, Manhattan Beach, Crosslake, Breezy Point, Jenkins, Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Nisswa.
LITTLE FALLS—Combining yucca root, papaya and prickly pear into a judge-pleasing entree would be difficult in any instance, but try doing it in 30 minutes.
A spark from a lawnmower caused the wildfire that ultimately burned 25 acres of rural forestland Monday, May 7, along the southern border of Pillsbury State Forest. Pillager Fire Chief Greg Ringler said difficult terrain and harsh weather conditions compounded an already volatile situation, with fire quickly spreading through deadfall left in the wake of the summer 2015 blowdown event. "That area is very steep, a steep ridge on the north side of Pillager Lake," Ringler said. "With the wind, the fire climbed up that hill rapidly."