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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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.
For the second year in a row, the Crow Wing County Board modified a liquor license to prevent the sale of beer at the county fair. Tuesday's action continues a longstanding ban on beer sales at the Crow Wing County Fair, making it one of the last dry county fairs in the state.
The Crow Wing County Board last week agreed to support the disbandment of the Thirty Lakes Watershed District. The district covers about 70 square miles, including portions of Breezy Point, Nisswa, Unorganized Territory and Lake Edward, Center, Pelican and Mission townships. Originally established in 1971 to address lake water quality concerns and other issues related to lake health, the watershed district has authority to tax residents living within it to support those efforts.
The Brainerd Police Department arrested a man Saturday wanted for his alleged involvement in an assault and robbery at Buster Park last month. Rickie Joseph Vukelich, 24, Nisswa, was arrested on the 1500 block of Mary Street Saturday afternoon after a warrant for his arrest was issued for an incident that reportedly occurred April 8. Vukelich faces three felony charges and a misdemeanor charge for apparently beating a man and stealing his truck along with Kelsey Michelle Abel, 24, Nisswa, who was arrested for four felonies April 12 following a K-9 pursuit.
A fourth-grade teacher and junior varsity athletics coach at Aitkin Public Schools is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student. Kristy Lynn Hoge, 24, was charged Friday with four counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in Crow Wing County District Court.