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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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
Butterflies filled the skies in Breezy Point on Saturday, July 19, serving as beautiful reminders of the memories of loved ones buried in Pelican Woods Cemetery. The 10th annual Monarch Butterfly Release attracted residents and visitors to admire the surrounding gardens and nature trails while giving the iconic insect an honorable sendoff. Those who attended heard from featured speaker Coralee Fox, a University of Minnesota Extension master gardener and member of the Brainerd chapter of Wild Ones.
The Manhattan Beach City Council approved a new permit application for home occupations in the city at its June 3 meeting, according to draft minutes. The council also approved revised permit fees for home occupation and residential sewer in conjunction with the new application. Those conducting business in the home are required to apply for a permit only if the home occupation falls outside of standards outlined in the applicable zoning ordinance. The new home occupation permit fee is $150, and the fee for residential sewer permit, which includes review and inspection, is also $150.
New bleachers for the football field at Pequot Lakes High School will be installed after the 2014 season, Superintendent Chris Lindholm told the Pequot Lakes School Board at its Monday, July 21, meeting. The bleachers will bring the school in line with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
The Crosslake Community School (CCS) Board held a retreat Wednesday, July 16, to discuss the school's strategic plan for the next three years. The board has identified its core goals in the plan involve academic excellence, community engagement and environmental education. School Director Todd Lyscio said the strategic plan will allow he and other staff to "develop a framework that helps us avoid reactionary planning." "What can happen with schools is, it's pretty easy to get caught up by thinking whatever the latest trend happens to be," he said, citing the use of iPads in schools without
The Crosslake City Council voted at its July 14 meeting to place a nine-month moratorium on an article of the land use ordinance governing outdoor sales in the city, following a review indicating approximately 30 businesses would require a conditional use permit (CUP). The article, which requires any business practicing "outdoor sales, display and/or equipment rental" to obtain a CUP, carried over into the new ordinance without any changes to the language.
More than a year after contract expiration, Pequot Lakes teachers and school board members went back to the negotiating table Friday, July 18, again leaving without a resolution. There are 14 school districts in Minnesota, including Pequot Lakes, that have not settled their 2013-14 teacher contracts, representing 4 percent of all districts in the state. Despite the lack of resolution, both the school board and teachers signaled that creativity was a priority to achieve an agreement.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office has identified the 3-year-old boy who nearly drowned in Pelican Lake at Breezy Point Resort on Friday, July 18, as Emett Weigel of Napoleon, North Dakota. Weigel was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis by North Aircare following CPR on the scene.
Crosslake Communications general manager Paul Hoge presented suggestions to the Crosslake City Council at its Monday, July 14, meeting to replace departing network engineer Paul Davis. Davis resigned from the company June 30 with a three-week notice, and his last day is Friday, July 18. The resignation comes a month after the council hired Charlesmead Advisors, a Baltimore-based consulting firm, to review the efficiency of Crosslake Communications.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) campground in Crosslake serves an average of more than 40,000 campers per year at its 118 campsites, providing access to the Whitefish Chain and featuring boat ramps, playgrounds, picnic shelters and fishing docks. Recreation was not always one of the primary goals of the USACE, however; the construction of the Pine River Dam around which the campground is situated was authorized by Congress in 1880 to assist with making the waters of the Mississippi River navigable for steamboat traffic.