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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BREEZY POINT - Area law enforcement agencies' focus on sex trafficking has shifted to the north. The Breezy Point Police Department announced Monday the arrests of two men at a Breezy Point area hotel for soliciting prostitution in a public place as a result of a law enforcement operation. Working in coordination with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Brainerd, Baxter and Pequot Lakes police departments, the operation was conducted Tuesday, Oct.
EMILY - A pilot project using copper treatment to eradicate zebra mussels from Ruth Lake in Emily began Tuesday, the fifth such treatment project undertaken by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The treatment is led by PLM Lake and Land Management Corporation, the Brainerd-based terrestrial and aquatic land management firm that also treated Christmas Lake and Independence Lake in the metro area earlier this year. Dan Swanson, aquatic invasive species specialist with the Brainerd DNR office, said an adult zebra mussel was discovered in July along the eastern shore of Ruth Lake by
In an environment where nearly every taxing authority in the Brainerd lakes area is increasing the dollars it intends to collect from property owners, the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved a preliminary property tax levy with no increase. This marks the sixth year in a row where taxpayers will not be asked to contribute more to the county coffers, a goal made clear by county commissioners in nearly every aspect of county business. To accomplish this, county staff were tasked with finding about $1.65 million in reductions, according to a financial forecast prepared by Jason Rausch, budg
The 83 Master Gardeners in Crow Wing County will soon operate without a paid coordinator following a decision by the county board Tuesday, Sept. 8. In a 3-2 decision, the board voted to direct staff to cut the position occupied by Jackie Froemming from the 2016 county Extension office budget.
A lack of data about a group with significant impact on local economies prompted a study conducted by University of Minnesota Extension community economics educators. At the Tuesday, July 21, committee of the whole meeting, Crow Wing County commissioners Paul Thiede and Rosemary Franzen learned about the study on those owning second homes in eight western and central Minnesota "high natural amenity" counties.
The counties of Crow Wing, Cass and Wadena have officially declared states of emergency following Sunday's damaging storm. In an application for state disaster relief, John Bowen, Crow Wing County...
An informational meeting for Crow Wing County property owners living along Ditch 13 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Lake Edward Town Hall. The Crow Wing County Board voted in March to host the meeting after it received a petition asking the county to clean out the century-old agricultural ditch.
In 1975, a young man madly in love with his future wife made a lofty promise to her that at the time seemed nearly impossible to keep. Having just purchased wedding rings at a Fargo mall, the couple stopped in a nearby music store where Kristil McDonald gravitated toward the grand pianos on display. One day, she wanted one of these beautiful pianos, she told her soon-to-be husband John McDonald. "I can see that she just fell in love with this piano," John said. "I'm practically penniless, but I looked down at her and said, 'I promise I'll buy you one someday.' ...
The power lines servicing a rural Pine River farm must be replaced by Brainerd electrical cooperative Crow Wing Power, a Cass County judge ordered earlier this month. Judge Jana M.
Recycling at the landfill is about to cost Crow Wing County one-third more than anticipated this year. The Crow Wing County Board on Tuesday, March 24, approved a change to the county's contract with Garrison Disposal/Nisswa Sanitation, allowing the company to increase its rates per collection by $100, from $215 to $315. In a Feb. 24 letter to Doug Morris, solid waste coordinator, the company cited costs associated with providing the service as the driving factor for requesting the increase in fees. Paul B.