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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Prefer navigating the slopes to the throngs of discount shoppers? Mount Ski Gull in Nisswa will open at 9 a.m. Nov. 28, the Friday after Thanksgiving, just in time for those seeking outdoor winter fun over retail pandemonium. For the last few years, the nonprofit skiing facility has aimed for the last Friday of November as its target opening date for the season. Man-made snow is currently in production for 24 hours a day in preparation. "After (Monday, Nov.
Crow Wing is in lonely company among the 87 Minnesota counties. Data released by the Association of Minnesota Counties shows the county is one of only two in the state to reduce its 2015 property tax levy, along with Benton County. County administrator Tim Houle shared the report with the county board at its meeting Tuesday. Houle said he called the administrator for Benton County and learned the 3.3 percent decrease in their levy was related to paying off debt.
Crow Wing Power of Brainerd was negligent in its response to a rural Pine River farm family's concerns about stray voltage on their property, a Cass County jury ruled Friday, Oct.
Officials from Enbridge Energy Company presented information on pipeline safety to two area water organizations Thursday. The boards of directors of the Whitefish Area Property Owners’ Association (WAPOA) and the...
A report the Greater Than Minnesota Project released in July calls for increased funding, staff training and system support for child care providers in rural Minnesota. The "community solution action plan" for Crow Wing, southern Cass and Wadena counties developed by the coalition, which includes First Children's Finance and the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, was based upon a town hall meeting held May 22 in Merrifield. Participants identified trends they say are impacting child care and early education in rural parts of the state, including the expense and travel requirements of trai
After a continuation of the public hearing on road reconstruction bonds, the Nisswa City Council approved bonds totaling $731,100 at its Wednesday, July 30, special meeting. The bonds will cover the costs of several road improvements added to the city's five-year street reconstruction plan, including parts of Main Street, Old County Road 18, Roy Lake Connection and Lower Cullen Road. The council opted for a five-year repayment option with an interest rate of 1.68 percent. The plan also calls for improvements to Hazelwood Drive, and the council approved adding a segment of Nisswa Avenue for
Another longtime Crosslake Communications employee submitted a letter of resignation, marking the second such departure since June 30. Operations manager Jared Johnson, who has worked at the company for 13 years, announced his resignation Tuesday, July 22. Johnson accepted a general manager position at Goldfield Telephone Company in Goldfield, Iowa. "I've been offered a phenomenal opportunity," he said.
Residents and visitors of Nisswa will once again be able to drop off their recyclables at the fire hall with council approval of a contract with Waste Partners of Pine River on Wednesday, July 30. Following the removal of drop-off bins by Nisswa Sanitation just before the Fourth of July weekend, the council sought proposals to replace the bins or offer curbside recycling.
When I moved back up north nearly six months ago to begin writing for the Echo Journal, I never planned to leave the position as quickly as I've ended up leaving. Rarely in my life have I left a job quickly or unexpectedly, often lingering at semi-dysfunctional places of business perhaps a bit longer than I should. My mom tells me I'm "loyal to a fault." That's what makes my exit from the Echo Journal so shocking to me. I'm leaving the best job I've ever had after working at it for less than a year.
Fifty Lakes Planning and Zoning Administrator Gordy Reller announced his resignation at the city council's July 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. Reller said he will stay on the job through the Tuesday, Sept. 9 regular council meeting to give the council time to find a replacement. In a phone interview on Friday, July 25, Reller said the best part about the job has been working with people. "I've always been involved in government because I like meeting people and working with them if possible," he said.