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 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.
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.