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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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.
The Crosslake City Council voted Monday, July 14, to pursue injunctive relief against a property owner who has repeatedly violated a zoning ordinance that restricts the number of temporary structures allowed on a property. According to a memo Crow Wing County Land Services Supervisor Chris Pence wrote to the council, planning and zoning staff contacted property owner Don Bordsen on Monday, July 7, following a complaint by a neighbor.
A daily ritual for Merle "Roger" Marshall of Crosslake paid off - literally. In late April, Marshall, 83, won a $34,772 Northstar Cash jackpot after purchasing a ticket at the Holiday Stationstore in Crosslake. "My old saying is, 'If you don't play, you don't win,'" he said.
Breezy Point residents living in residential estate lots are now permitted to keep chickens. The zoning district was not left out intentionally but was inadvertently not included in the original ordinance. The Breezy Point City Council voted unanimously Monday, July 7, to add the zoning district to a revised chicken ordinance.
While hanging bird feeders on his deck Thursday, June 26, Breezy Point City Council member Otto Schmid was taken by surprise when a hawk swooped down and sunk its talons into his scalp. "I had no idea that thing was zeroing in on me," he said.
Crime lab scientists do not interview witnesses or suspects of crimes, they aren't experts in all types of forensics, they work many more than one case at a time and don't solve all of them, and they aren't all good-looking enough for television. These myths about crime lab scientists persist through television shows and novels, and on Wednesday, June 11, at the Chautauqua program at the Crosslake Community Center, Jim Dougherty of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) lab in Bemidji set out to bust them. "Not every crime is solved," he said.
After 10 years of hospitals, chemotherapy, remission and recurrences of her cancer, what is most important to Stacy Erholtz is her faith in God and her ability to go with the flow. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells, a decade ago, Erholtz, 50, became a part of medical history last year when she participated in a Mayo Clinic study on using measles as a treatment for cancer.