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 20 firefighters from two area departments worked to extinguish a large house fire near Mount Ski Gull on Sunday, June 11. The Pillager Fire Department was paged to respond to a fully engulfed structure fire at about 10 a.m. Sunday, reported by either a neighbor or a passerby, said Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee. Firefighters from Nisswa arrived to provide mutual aid with manpower and a tanker truck.
Officials determined the fire forcing the evacuation of more than 30 assisted living residents Thursday night, June 8, in Pequot Lakes was arson. Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said Friday, June 9, evidence showed the Thursday night fire at Heritage House of Pequot Lakes was intentionally set. No arrests were made by midday Friday as the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office conducted interviews. Nelson declined to confirm whether anyone besides staff members or residents were determined to be on the property at the time.
BRAINERD — A large crowd filled the cafeteria at Central Lakes College Thursday night to share views on a proposed oil pipeline replacement project. Several of the commenters voiced concerns with Canadian energy company Enbridge's plans to decommission its aging Line 3 without removing it, addressed the environmental impacts of potential spills and questioned the conflicting interests of contractors associated with the environmental review.
Crow Wing County might soon acquire a property near one of the busiest intersections on the county highway system to preserve it for future roadway safety improvements.
One of the area's clearest, coldest lakes is about to get a protection boost from a recently funded runoff treatment project. Big Trout Lake, a part of the Whitefish Chain of Lakes and the only lake in the Brainerd area stocked with lake trout, is the intended beneficiary of a proposed system to treat runoff from County Highway 66. The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District project was funded in 2016 with a $310,000 grant from the Clean Water Fund, one of the funds supported by the 2008 Legacy Amendment.
The Cass County Planning Commission made the right decision in permitting the redevelopment of a golf course into a seasonal RV park, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled. In an unpublished opinion released Monday, the appeals court affirmed the commission's 2016 decision to issue a conditional use permit to Birch Bay RV Resort, located on Agate Lake south of Lake Shore. "The record before us reveals that the planning commission conducted a very thorough decisional process," the opinion stated.
Residents of Unorganized Territory will have a chance to weigh in on an impending road construction budget crunch.
Although the tax omnibus bill is expected to include an increase in county program aid, Crow Wing County's share is expected to drop by almost $55,000 compared to this year. The bill in conference committee at the Minnesota Legislature would increase state aid to counties by $6.1 million, for a total of $214.5 million divided among the state's 87 counties. To determine how much each county receives, a complex formula taking into account several statistics is meant to demonstrate need.
How much do the elected Crow Wing County commissioners earn in a year? Between $29,000 and $39,000, depending on which commissioner's earnings are under consideration. In addition to their annual salaries, the five county commissioners are compensated for attending meetings and for job-related expenses, and are also eligible for health insurance.
Of 175 miles of Crow Wing County roads and highways planned for improvement through 2021, 43 of those miles will be funded by the countywide local options sales tax. County Engineer Tim Bray highlighted the impact of the sales tax during his presentation Tuesday on the five-year highway improvement program. With $53.8 million planned for investment into the road system during the next five years, $14 million will be collected from the half-cent sales tax passed specifically to fund transportation needs.