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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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.
Vacationers headed to the Brainerd lakes area for the Fourth of July weekend should expect low gas prices and gorgeous weather. Those hitting the road or skies this weekend will be among a projected 43 million travelers, a record-breaking number according to AAA.
The water quality in Minnesota lakes has a measurable economic benefit, members of the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association learned at the organization's annual meeting. Patrick Welle, a professor emeritus from Bemidji State University, studied the relationship extensively and published several papers on the topic. Welle told the group at its June 11 meeting his studies found that not only is the clarity of water a factor in lakeshore property value, it's actually the "most important explanatory factor."
Loon chicks are most often seen perched atop the backs of their parents in an effort to protect them from potential predators. Which is why when one loon chick found itself alone in the lawn near Rep. Josh Heintzeman's Baxter home, it drew some attention. After Heintzeman and his family found the baby loon, he called Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jim Guida to determine what he should do next.
Few people attended the June 14 Crow Wing County Board meeting to speak on whether an updated comprehensive plan for Unorganized Territory was in order. The board set aside time for public comment after discussing the issue at its May 24 meeting, when County Attorney Don Ryan suggested commissioners seek resident input. At issue was whether an appetite exists for comprehensive land planning among those who call the area home.
WALKER, Minn. -- Cass County agreed to pay $87,500 to settle a lawsuit claiming discrimination filed by a sheriff’s office employee. The details of a settlement agreement between Mary Tennis and defendants Cass County and Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch became public Monday. In the agreement, the defendants made no admission of liability but agreed to the monetary settlement.
A request to update the comprehensive plan for Unorganized Territory evolved into a discussion of whether such a plan was desired by the territory's residents at Tuesday's Crow Wing County Board meeting. Mark Liedl, Land Services director, and Tim Bray, county engineer, sought approval from commissioners to solicit professional services to update the comprehensive plan. The last comprehensive plan prepared for Unorganized Territory, also known as the First Assessment District, was completed in 1997.