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 Fifty Lakes City Council accepted the resignation of employee Jake Stern at a special meeting Feb. 19, according to unofficial meeting minutes. Stern, a municipal bar employee who faced disciplinary action in January, offered his resignation in lieu of additional disciplinary action or dismissal. The council heard complaints that characterized Stern as rude with customers, and council member and liquor store department head Jodie Schrupp cited Stern’s “irreconcilable differences” with bar manager Toni Buchite.
Participants in the 12th annual Ice Tee Open at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake would not be detered by the unseasonably cold weather, and Camp Knutson raised a record-breaking $22,000 from the event. Although fewer than half of the participants golfed as the previous year and rough ice conditions kept organizers from creating a second 9-hole course as usual, the event was a resounding success for the organization.
A new math program designed to enrich pre-existing curriculum is being implemented at Eagle View Elementary School. Students from three third-grade classrooms are participating in the Continental Mathematics League for the first time this year, and so far, the program has been a success, said third-grade teacher Deanne Trottier.
The Breezy Point City Council voted Monday, March 3, to raise the speed limit on some of the city’s roads from 30 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour and to request a speed study of Weavers Point Road from the state.
It’s been nearly 10 years since I walked out of Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) as a graduate, never to return — or so I thought. I counted the days that remained before I would move to Minneapolis to begin college and the rest of my life. As a lifelong Crosslake resident, the thought of leaving my tiny hometown for the big city filled me with sheer excitement, the possibilities seemingly endless. As much as I loved the lakes area and the people who shaped me here, I was ready to experience life in a new way and in a new place.
Crosslake’s planning and zoning commission recommended the city council approve the revised land use ordinance with a few minor changes at its Feb. 28 meeting at city hall, but not before adjourning so members could attend Manhattan Beach resident and business owner Steve Wannebo’s funeral at Crosslake Lutheran Church. The commission also recommended approval of the land use map.
Twelve miles southwest of downtown Pequot Lakes, just off County Road 1 and nestled among acres of cattle and corn fields, is a small hobby farm with some unique residents. Owned by Jerry and Linda Campbell of Maple Township, Stony Brook Elk Farm is home to at least two cats, a dog, an asparagus patch and a herd of around 20 elk. It’s no wonder why Jerry Campbell has lived his entire 50 years within five miles of where he currently resides; the peacefulness of the landscape is palpable.
For the first time in the program’s history, the Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) mock trial team is headed to the state tournament. The team, made up of students ranging from eighth to 12th grade, will leave for Duluth after school Monday, March 10, after their classmates cheer them on at a pep rally. Mock trial coach Dan Moddes, who’s been coaching the team for five years, said this group is full of veteran members who have been working together for as long as four years. On top of advancing to the state level, this team also posted a perfect record in trials this season.