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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Nearly 50 years ago, a collection of young Americans, many of whom had never heard of the mountainous jungle locale where they were sent, fought a ferocious battle that marked the beginning of 10 years of war in Vietnam. Bill Lund was one of them. "It's kind of like it was yesterday, but it's also like it was 50 years ago," Lund said. The year was 1965, the battle was Ia Drang and the death toll was 305 Americans over the course of the week.
Nisswa police arrested Lake Shore City Council member Susan Amacher for driving while intoxicated at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, following a three-vehicle collision on State Highway 371. The Minnesota State Patrol arrested Amacher's husband, Ryan, who was operating the couple's pickup truck at the time of the collision, for DWI, according to police reports. According to the incident report, 68-year-old Ryan Amacher rear-ended a vehicle in the turn lane to County Road 77 on northbound Highway 371.
Crosslake Community School (CCS) received official approval June 3 from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to offer online high school courses this upcoming fall. Students will now be able to complete their education through 12th grade in Crosslake.
Scientists confirmed more drinking water wells in the lakes area contain levels of arsenic exceeding federal health limits. An updated map released in early June by AW Research Labs in Brainerd reveals wells on Round Lake, North Long Lake, Pelican Lake and Campbell Lake contain arsenic in excess of 10 parts per billion (ppb).
The Crosslake Community School (CCS) Board received results of an operations performance evaluation conducted by the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) - Charter School Division, according to draft minutes from the board's June 16 meeting. ACNW is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization with a focus on environmental education. The organization authorizes charter schools that "have recognized the importance of experiential and environmental education," according to its website.
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved a policy concerning sign retroreflectivity at its June 10 meeting, in compliance with a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) requirement. Council member Les Degner said this requirement is aimed at "manag(ing) a method to maintain minimum retroreflectivity levels." According to draft meeting minutes, the approved policy outlines procedures for developing and maintaining a sign inventory, sets up blanket replacement of signs of the same type at specified intervals to eliminate the need to assess individual signs and indicates the city's intentio
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) accepted the city of Fifty Lakes' application for a village post office, which will be housed at the city hall building. Clerk treasurer Karen Stern will be trained by a representative from the Crosslake Post Office on postal operations. Mayor Ken Hersey made this announcement at the city council's June 10 meeting, according to draft minutes. The city has not had a post office since Jan. 17. USPS first reduced the location's hours in September 2013, and the building was officially closed to make way for County Road 3 reconstruction.
Area legislators received praise from business leaders for bipartisanship on local successes during the legislative session at a Brainerd Lakes Chamber-sponsored forum Tuesday June 17, in Brainerd, but remained split on key statewide issues. Among legislative actions the lawmakers worked together on were the local option sales tax for Brainerd and Baxter, approved as part of the tax bill, and the chili cookoff bill, allowing off-site meat preparation for cooking contests that will likely boost participation in Crosslake's Chili Cookoff and WinterFest SoupFest. The sales tax, if approved by v
Kent Rangen estimates he's taught more than 5,000 students in his 37 years as a Pequot Lakes Middle School math teacher. Rangen, who retired at the end of this school year as the longest tenured teacher in the district, said that in that time, technology has changed education tremendously in many ways. In his own days as a student, he recalled calculating his answers using a slide rule, a mechanical analog "computer" that looks like a ruler with a plastic sliding cursor. "The rich kids had calculators," he said.
The Pequot Lakes School Board made several decisions Monday, June 16, that will affect the next school year.