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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Runners from near and far broke out their best green attire for the first Clover Dash 5K on Saturday, March 15, in Crosslake Town Square. The race was part of Crosslake’s 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, and despite the unseasonably cold temperatures, 138 people participated. Justin Grunewald of Minneapolis, a 2004 Brainerd High School graduate, took first place overall with a time of 15:47, which put him at a pace of just more than five minutes per mile.
The Manhattan Beach City Council on Feb. 5 voted to retain the services of an Aitkin litigation attorney to represent the city in a lawsuit in a longstanding dispute to recover unpaid planning and zoning fees. Draft minutes show the council agreed to hire attorney Andrew Kalis of Ryan & Brucker, LTD., after the city attorney’s office notified the council in January of a conflict of interest with former planning and zoning commission chairman Brian Dobie.
The Crosslake City Council took the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission and approved the revised land use ordinance and land use map at its Monday, March 10, meeting.
Area cities without municipal water systems are not immune to this winter’s severe freezing problems. Until late last week, Breezy Point had no issues with its municipal sewer system. On Thursday, March 6, the city received a call of backed up pipes on Airport Road. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the sewer system had frozen under the street. Wastewater supervisor John Monnier said it took 10 hours to get the sewer operational again.
The number of students eating breakfast in the Pequot Lakes School District has more than doubled since Monday, March 3, when a two-month pilot program offering the meal for free to all students kicked off. Food service director Patty Buell said that in a typical day, the district serves 300 students between the elementary, middle and high schools. Since offering free breakfast, Buell said the numbers have risen dramatically to 700 students served per day.
Farming tip No. 1 from local farmer and goat milk soap proprietor Abbie Schramm? Don’t put your cart before your horse — in the figurative sense. Schramm and her husband, Luke, learned this lesson the hard way when she purchased their first Jersey dairy cow without owning a milking machine.
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.