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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Many area businesses benefited from the positive effects of the earliest and best snow in years, but the extended bitter cold kept too many customers indoors and the potential of another late spring has locals on edge. Businesses reliant on snowmobilers in one way or another appreciated the frequent and heavy snowfall, beginning with eight inches on Dec. 2, followed by another nine inches only two days later.
The Crosslake City Council approved a new health insurance provider for city employees and approved the purchase of a new in-squad audio/video system for the police department, funded in part by a $26,000 donation from the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club. At a Monday, March 31, special meeting, city consultant Dan Vogt said health insurance agent Harlan Johnson recently obtained several quotes from insurance companies with the intention of saving the city money on its policy.
The Manhattan Beach City Council approved renewal of the fire service contract with the city of Crosslake at its March 4 meeting, according to draft minutes. The contract will allocate $10,389.15 to Crosslake for fire service. This amount is calculated based upon the current year’s tax capacity as determined by Crow Wing County and represents 3.5 percent of this figure. Manhattan Beach’s tax capacity for 2014 is $296,833.
After more than a year with its doors closed, Dairy Queen in Crosslake soon will re-open with new ownership and a fresh look. Thomas and Nicky Zabka, formerly of White Bear Lake, purchased the business Oct. 1, 2013, and planned to open this week. The outside of the building looks noticeably different with the removal of the red roof, a new sign and a change in color scheme to orange and blue. On the inside, the couple replaced much of the kitchen equipment, installed new booth seating in the dining area, applied a fresh coat of paint and deep cleaned the whole restaurant.
Pequot Lakes teachers, who’ve been working without a contract since June 2013, and the district’s school board may resume contract negotiations as early as April. Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) president Kim Johnson said union negotiators have not met directly with board negotiators since late summer 2013, after which the board filed for mediation services through the state of Minnesota. State mediation between the groups in November did not yield a settlement.
When Karen Stern and her husband, Jon, grew tired of working at Liberty Carton Company in Minneapolis, where they’d both worked for more than 20 years, they decided a change of pace was in order. They got that change in 1996 when they resettled with their three children from their home in Cologne, Minn., to Emily as the new owners of Up North Gifts/Sweets N’ Such. The transition was a smooth one because they were already familiar with the area; Jon’s parents lived on Lake Roosevelt in Outing, and the family visited nearly every weekend in the summers.
Several homeowners on Round and North Long lakes on Ojibwa Road discovered in January that their drinking water contains high levels of arsenic. Arsenic is odorless, tasteless and is known to be harmful to human health, depending on the chemical form, dosage and length of exposure.
Sue Johnson of Jenkins looks for peace wherever she can find it, whether it is in her garden, the fish house, on the North Shore, a Florida beach or in her home practicing Qigong meditation. Qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates movement and breathing techniques with the purpose of healing, became a central part of Johnson’s life in 2007, when a counselor recommended she seek alternative therapy after experiencing the death of her father. Johnson said the practice has been transformative for her.
The Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) mock trial team ended its season with a 12th-place finish out of 12 teams at the state tournament held March 11-12 in Duluth. “Even though we didn’t finish where we wanted to be, the students showed fortitude and had fun,” said coach Dan Moddes. “The community should be proud of the diligence and grit of our students.”
More than 50 people, mostly teachers, attended the Pequot Lakes School Board meeting Monday, March 17, most sporting matching blue Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) T-shirts and buttons that said, “When?” Despite their overwhelming presence, not a word was spoken at the meeting regarding the contract negotiations taking place between the union and the district. Superintendent Chris Lindholm said he received a request from EMPL to be included in this month’s agenda, but he denied the request.