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 vote the Crow Wing County Board took Tuesday night, Dec. 1, to lower the property tax levy appears unprecedented in Minnesota state history, according to county administrator Tim Houle. "I can't find any other circumstance in Minnesota history where a county has done that six years in a row," Houle said. The special meeting Dec. 1 served as an opportunity for the public to weigh in on the county's 2016 budget, tax levy and capital improvement plan.
Two men arrested as part of a law enforcement prostitution operation conducted in October in Breezy Point are now officially facing charges. Roger Louis Carriere Jr., 35, Grand Rapids, and Robert Joseph Hennen, 52, Pierz, each face a gross misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution in a public place, according to criminal complaints filed by the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office Friday. Both men were arrested by Breezy Point Police after showing up for arranged meetings with a fictional escort in a Breezy Point hotel room through a classified advertising website. On Tuesday, Oct.
The first harsh blast of winter in the Brainerd lakes area kept emergency personnel on the move Thursday, responding to numerous reports of crashes and vehicles off the road. After the rainfall turned into snowflakes overnight, blowing snow and icy roads made for difficult travel conditions for the morning commute in the Brainerd lakes area. Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol reported between 6 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
A probation partnership spanning more than four decades will soon come to an end. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday unanimously voted to withdraw from Central Minnesota Community Corrections, a joint powers probation agency with Morrison and Aitkin counties. The county will instead go it alone, administering probation through Crow Wing County Community Services. The decision came as part of an examination of the pros and cons of the county's relationship with CMCC, prompted by a request from County Administrator Tim Houle.
BREEZY POINT - Area law enforcement agencies' focus on sex trafficking has shifted to the north. The Breezy Point Police Department announced Monday the arrests of two men at a Breezy Point area hotel for soliciting prostitution in a public place as a result of a law enforcement operation. Working in coordination with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office and the Brainerd, Baxter and Pequot Lakes police departments, the operation was conducted Tuesday, Oct.
EMILY - A pilot project using copper treatment to eradicate zebra mussels from Ruth Lake in Emily began Tuesday, the fifth such treatment project undertaken by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The treatment is led by PLM Lake and Land Management Corporation, the Brainerd-based terrestrial and aquatic land management firm that also treated Christmas Lake and Independence Lake in the metro area earlier this year. Dan Swanson, aquatic invasive species specialist with the Brainerd DNR office, said an adult zebra mussel was discovered in July along the eastern shore of Ruth Lake by
In an environment where nearly every taxing authority in the Brainerd lakes area is increasing the dollars it intends to collect from property owners, the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved a preliminary property tax levy with no increase. This marks the sixth year in a row where taxpayers will not be asked to contribute more to the county coffers, a goal made clear by county commissioners in nearly every aspect of county business. To accomplish this, county staff were tasked with finding about $1.65 million in reductions, according to a financial forecast prepared by Jason Rausch, budg
The 83 Master Gardeners in Crow Wing County will soon operate without a paid coordinator following a decision by the county board Tuesday, Sept. 8. In a 3-2 decision, the board voted to direct staff to cut the position occupied by Jackie Froemming from the 2016 county Extension office budget.
A lack of data about a group with significant impact on local economies prompted a study conducted by University of Minnesota Extension community economics educators. At the Tuesday, July 21, committee of the whole meeting, Crow Wing County commissioners Paul Thiede and Rosemary Franzen learned about the study on those owning second homes in eight western and central Minnesota "high natural amenity" counties.
The counties of Crow Wing, Cass and Wadena have officially declared states of emergency following Sunday's damaging storm. In an application for state disaster relief, John Bowen, Crow Wing County...