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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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.
An offer made to settle unpaid planning and zoning fees dating back to 2007 was rejected by the Manhattan Beach City Council at its May 6 meeting. According to draft minutes, the council received an offer from Brian Dobie, former planning and zoning commission chairman, on fees he has owed to the city since stopping payment in July 2008. Details of the offer have not been made public. The council appointed Mayor Paul Allen to serve as the authorized representative "to represent the views and opinions of the council" in future proceedings. At its Feb.
Beginning with next year's freshman class, Pequot Lakes High School will no longer publish class rank on student transcripts. The school board approved these changes to the high school handbook at its Monday, June 16, meeting, along with others related to honors recognition and grading. Superintendent Chris Lindholm said the move will also eliminate naming valedictorians and salutatorians of graduating classes.
The seventh annual Cherry Car Show was held Saturday, June 7, at Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes. The morning began rainy, but the sun began shining by 11 a.m., providing near perfect weather for car-watching. Spectators admired dozens of classic cars from as far back as the 1920s at the event, hosted by the Pequot Lakes/Breezy Point Lions.
The PAL Foundation received two large donations toward the Crosslake fireworks show, but still needs $2,000 more to reach its goal. The Crosslake City Council on Monday, June 9, approved a $5,000 donation from John and Carrie Hart and Mike Frank, which will be used for improving the fireworks display. They also acknowledged a $1,000 donation from the Crosslake-Ideal Lions. Pat Netko, one of the organizers of the fireworks, said that so far, five checks have been mailed in addition to the money in cans at businesses in the city.
Unencumbered by trees and buildings, the air out on the lake feels fresher, as though you need less of it to fill your lungs, yet want more of it all the same. The scents the breeze carries ebb and flow with the rhythm of the waves, changing with the intensity of the sun and the proximity to shore. Fishing brings its own smells mingled with the scent of the lake.
The Fifty Lakes City Council voted to institute a three-month moratorium on telecommunications towers within city limits at a Tuesday, May 13, meeting and will develop a city ordinance on the topic. Planning and zoning administrator Gordy Reller said that currently, Fifty Lakes has no ordinance regulating telecommunications towers. The council began discussing a moratorium in March, in response to rumors that companies have been looking for locations in the city to construct a tower. Reller said if the council can prepare an ordinance by next month's meeting, it will not need the full three
Only two species of fish — northern pike and largemouth bass — will be sought by anglers at this year's Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club tournament on Saturday, June 14, at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant & Bar in Crosslake. Typically, participants in the annual catch-and-release tournament will fish for walleye as well.
In its first action of the night, the Crosslake City Council approved an application from Crosswoods Golf Course to receive a loan from the city's Economic Development Authority's revolving loan fund. Crosswoods intends to acquire an additional 18 acres of land adjacent to the course, then improve a total of 33 acres to add nine holes to the current 18-hole course. The total cost of the project is an estimated $714,000, $450,000 of which will be financed by Frandsen Bank.