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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The 45-year-old Thirty Lakes Watershed District is likely in its final days. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) hosted a public hearing Tuesday night, Aug. 16, at Lake Edward Town Hall. About 20 residents attended the hearing and none disagreed with the recommendation to disband the district, said Chris Pence, Crow Wing County land services supervisor and advisory member of the watershed district board.
For the second time this summer, Crow Wing County declared a state of emergency in the wake of a severe storm. The county board Tuesday passed a resolution declaring the state of emergency after John Bowen, emergency management director, told commissioners the county sustained enough damage to seek state disaster aid.
LAKE SHORE—As Lake Shore Police Chief Steve Sundstrom drove along the city's back streets Thursday morning, he expressed disbelief at the extent of storm damage. "I've been in Lake Shore almost 19 years," Sundstrom said. "This is the worst that I've seen Lake Shore get hit by a storm since I've been here."
Tension between a state council and Crow Wing County over a recently approved trail system ultimately hurts the county's 62,500 residents, County Administrator Tim Houle said. Houle offered his reaction to a recent decision by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council to seek a legal opinion on the county's approval of designated trails on the Mississippi River Northwoods property. The council also signaled its distaste to consider a proposed land exchange with the county while questions on the legality of the trails remain.
Crow Wing County tried something new when it came to assessing the value of properties—warning property owners first. Gary Griffin, land services supervisor, told the county board at its recent committee of the whole meeting the decision to send out notification postcards reflected customer comments. A survey of customers showed a high satisfaction rate—95 percent—with the performance of assessors, but many expressed a desire for prior notification. "Some said, 'It's kind of weird that you just pop up and I didn't know you were coming,'" Griffin said.
When severe weather is approaching, the wail of emergency sirens is one of the ways people are warned of potential danger. But thousands of Crow Wing County residents do not live within earshot of one of these sirens, including the populous area between Baxter and Nisswa known as Unorganized Territory. John Bowen, Crow Wing County emergency management director, said the installation and maintenance of emergency sirens is up to the governments of each jurisdiction. Bowen presented on the matter to the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday at its committee of the whole meeting.
Some residents on Ruth Lake in Emily are asking to pay higher taxes. The Crow Wing County Board received a petition Tuesday, July 12, from the Ruth Lake Improvement District requesting a change in its per property assessment, from $90 to $180 annually. The funds would be used toward costs associated with Eurasian milfoil and zebra mussel control on the lake.
Aitkin County Road 4 about 20 miles east of Aitkin remained closed Tuesday afternoon after a large chunk of it washed out. John Welle, Aitkin County road and bridge director, said this was the biggest road issue his crews were working on Tuesday, although standing and flowing water was widespread throughout the county. "We have water on most of our road systems," Welle said.
The Wendy's franchise in Brainerd was one of about 1,000 locations affected by malicious cyber activity targeting customers' payment card information. In a news release Thursday, the Wendy's Company announced the specific locations affected by the data breach, which was first reported in February. Those who used payment cards between Jan. 13 and June 8 in Brainerd could be impacted by the breach, according to a database offered by the company. Several other franchises in Minnesota cities are also affected, although none of those locations are in the Brainerd lakes area.
A Pequot Lakes man faces two felony assault charges after alleged injuries he caused required a woman to be airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital. Kip Lamarr Bohlke, 24, Pequot Lakes, remained in the Crow Wing County Jail Friday after officers received the report of the alleged assault on June 23.