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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Student and community artists demonstrated their skills and showcased their artwork at the 32nd annual Festival of the Arts at Pequot Lakes High School on Thursday, April 3. Students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade displayed artwork they’ve created throughout the school year for their parents, relatives and members of the community to admire. Those who attended enjoyed live music, dance performances, pottery and drawing demonstrations, face painting, nail art, numerous refreshment options and more.
Adolph “Bill” Becker can’t wait to get his hands dirty again. With a light snow falling through the window behind him on an April afternoon, Becker enthused about tomatoes and the sunshine. A lifelong gardener and former greenhouse proprietor, the 92-year-old looks forward to the inevitable arrival of spring weather each year, the time when he can begin nurturing tiny vegetable sprouts toward their eventual fruitful harvest.
The Fifty Lakes City Council agreed to donate $3,500 to help fund aquatic invasive species inspections at the city’s public accesses at the request of the Fifty Lakes Property Owners Association. According to draft minutes from the council’s March 10 meeting, association secretary Ken Neihart made the donation request with the promise that the association would match the funds. The donation, made from the city’s parks fund, will pay for inspections led by Crow Wing County in coordination with inspectors trained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The $49 million middle class tax cuts that Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law March 21 will affect only one in 10 Minnesotans this year, but a change to the standard deduction for married couples for next year will affect four times as many of the state’s taxpayers.
Many area businesses benefited from the positive effects of the earliest and best snow in years, but the extended bitter cold kept too many customers indoors and the potential of another late spring has locals on edge. Businesses reliant on snowmobilers in one way or another appreciated the frequent and heavy snowfall, beginning with eight inches on Dec. 2, followed by another nine inches only two days later.
The Crosslake City Council approved a new health insurance provider for city employees and approved the purchase of a new in-squad audio/video system for the police department, funded in part by a $26,000 donation from the Crosslake-Ideal Lions Club. At a Monday, March 31, special meeting, city consultant Dan Vogt said health insurance agent Harlan Johnson recently obtained several quotes from insurance companies with the intention of saving the city money on its policy.
The Manhattan Beach City Council approved renewal of the fire service contract with the city of Crosslake at its March 4 meeting, according to draft minutes. The contract will allocate $10,389.15 to Crosslake for fire service. This amount is calculated based upon the current year’s tax capacity as determined by Crow Wing County and represents 3.5 percent of this figure. Manhattan Beach’s tax capacity for 2014 is $296,833.
After more than a year with its doors closed, Dairy Queen in Crosslake soon will re-open with new ownership and a fresh look. Thomas and Nicky Zabka, formerly of White Bear Lake, purchased the business Oct. 1, 2013, and planned to open this week. The outside of the building looks noticeably different with the removal of the red roof, a new sign and a change in color scheme to orange and blue. On the inside, the couple replaced much of the kitchen equipment, installed new booth seating in the dining area, applied a fresh coat of paint and deep cleaned the whole restaurant.
Pequot Lakes teachers, who’ve been working without a contract since June 2013, and the district’s school board may resume contract negotiations as early as April. Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) president Kim Johnson said union negotiators have not met directly with board negotiators since late summer 2013, after which the board filed for mediation services through the state of Minnesota. State mediation between the groups in November did not yield a settlement.
When Karen Stern and her husband, Jon, grew tired of working at Liberty Carton Company in Minneapolis, where they’d both worked for more than 20 years, they decided a change of pace was in order. They got that change in 1996 when they resettled with their three children from their home in Cologne, Minn., to Emily as the new owners of Up North Gifts/Sweets N’ Such. The transition was a smooth one because they were already familiar with the area; Jon’s parents lived on Lake Roosevelt in Outing, and the family visited nearly every weekend in the summers.