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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A stress fracture in a wall in the Crow Wing County Historical Museum indicates the building's structural support needs repair, the county board learned Tuesday. Facilities Manager Reed Thiesse and Rachel Breun, facilities coordinator, explained the county was not selected for a $170,000 grant for construction work from the Minnesota Historical Society. The 99-year-old building is the current home of the Crow Wing County Historical Society and was once the county jail and sheriff's residence.
Just two other years in nearly 60 years of land management by Crow Wing County saw higher revenues than those garnered in 2015. These revenues accounted for the sixth largest surplus from tax-forfeited lands in the same time frame, reaching more than $1 million for the first time since the Great Recession. Chris Pence, land services supervisor, said the surplus, acquired through timber sales from the 105,000 acres of county-managed lands and the sale of tax-forfeited properties, is an indicator of a recovering economy in Crow Wing County.
A 28-year-old man is facing six serious felony charges of criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, who contracted chlamydia. Jason Jamaal Allen, 28, formerly of Brainerd, was booked in the Crow Wing County Jail Thursday after he was transferred from the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Faribault. Allen is set to appear in court Monday on the criminal sexual conduct charges.
A smoldering cigarette butt caused a fire at The Wharf in Crosslake Wednesday that was quickly contained. The situation could have been much different though, according to Neil Luzar, assistant chief of the Crosslake Fire Department.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday, Feb. 22, affirmed a jury decision in a lawsuit over stray voltage that awarded Pine River dairy farmers $6.3 million in damages. The appeal was filed by lawyers for the Brainerd electrical cooperative Crow Wing Power, which was found negligent in October 2014 in its response to stray voltage concerns raised by Randy and Peggy Norman of Pine River.
A report of a stolen cellphone from a Crosby apartment ended in felony criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment charges for a suspect accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl. Crosby police responded to the call at a residence on First Street Northwest on Thursday and found 27-year-old Gage C. Sargent of Crosby laying on the ground near a parked car. According to the criminal complaint, Sargent "smelled strongly of alcohol and mumbled incoherently."
During the frigid morning on Saturday, Gina Nevin started a fire in the wood-burning stove at her Crosslake home. When smoke detectors began sounding sometime later, Nevin, 23, said she assumed smoke from the stove was errantly setting them off. A trip out to the garage made her realize the alarms were alerting her to more than just excess smoke, however. "I realized there was a fire behind the wood stove," Nevin said. She grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed the area, using up the contents in her attempt to beat back the flames.
Smoke detectors alerted a Crosslake resident to the fire that would eventually destroy her home on a bitterly cold Saturday. Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller reported about 50 firefighters from seven area fire departments battled the blaze on the 15000 block of Wilderness Trail as temperatures hovered at zero degrees with the wind chill dipping to 13 degrees below zero.
PINE RIVER—Traveling the country roads of rural Pine River yields the expected sights—herds of cattle, stands of pine trees, meandering streams—but also glimpses into the future. In open fields and on rooftops are solar arrays, panels harnessing the energy of the sun's rays and powering the electricity, heating systems and hot water of homes and businesses.
Commissioner Doug Houge will serve as chair of the Crow Wing County Board in 2016. Houge was named chair at the Tuesday, Jan. 5, county board meeting, the first of the year. The role is typically rotated among commissioners annually.