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 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.
The verdict is in: property owners in the First Assessment District will see a 9 percent jump in the unorganized township's preliminary property tax levy in 2018. The Crow Wing County Board approved the increase as part of a broader strategy to support future road improvements in the district, located north of Brainerd and Baxter. County officials sought to bring awareness to an impending funding crunch through a series of meetings with residents over the summer.
In a move the board chairman described Tuesday as cutting "into the bone," the Crow Wing County Board again maintained a flat property tax levy for 2018. The 3-2 decision represents the eighth consecutive year the board passed a flat or reduced levy. Tuesday's resolution addressed the preliminary levy, with final certification expected in December. Once set, the levy cannot increase, although it can decrease. This guarantees the streak of not increasing the tax burden on property owners in Crow Wing County continues—at least for the county's portion.
A policy guiding Crow Wing County's practices concerning lake improvement districts was approved by commissioners Tuesday. The Crow Wing County Board accepted staff recommendations to update its policies concerning the districts, which permit assessments on affected property owners on and around area lakes. Those dollars are in turn used for projects to manage the lake, including combatting aquatic invasive species or weed control.