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 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.
Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering needed convincing four years ago to run for a seat on the county board, but he announced Thursday he's ready for another term. "For a job I never really wanted, I really feel good about what we've accomplished," Koering said. "I guess I'd like to continue that on for another four years. And if people want me to, I'd be happy to serve them."
A 28-year-old Little Falls man charged in a law enforcement sting pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor last week for soliciting prostitution in a public place.
About 40 people showed up at Lake Edward Town Hall last Tuesday night, April 19, to learn more about a proposal to disband 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.
MERRIFIELD—About 40 people showed up at the Lake Edward Town Hall Tuesday night to learn more about a proposal to disband the Thirty Lakes Watershed District.
The demotion of a jail employee in the Cass County Sheriff's Office was part of an overall restructuring effort, not politically motivated discrimination, lawyers for the county and Sheriff Tom Burch contend.
Crow Wing County DFLers gathered Saturday to elect district delegates and move forward resolutions to the district convention. The convention took place at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, where 102 delegates elected at the caucuses weighed in on party platform and elected county party directors. The group heard a message loud and clear from former legislators and those running for election this year: volunteer time and money is needed to assist in the party's goal of taking back the state House of Representatives.
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.