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 Crow Wing County Highway Department held the third open house concerning next summer’s construction of County State Aid Highway 36 in Crosslake on Tuesday, April 15, at Crosslake City Hall. Eleven residents attended to hear county officials Luke Wehseler and Mark Melby describe what they should expect as the county moves forward with right-of-way acquisitions. Melby said there is very little property needs to be acquired for the new right-of-way, and the county plans to stake those areas as soon as possible.
The Pequot Lakes School District selected its new elementary school principal for the next school year. Melissa Hesch, currently principal at Bert Raney Elementary School in the Yellow Medicine East School District, was chosen from a field of nearly 40 applicants after three rounds of interviews. For Hesch and her family, it is somewhat of a homecoming. She told the school board Monday that she wanted to share her “enthusiasm and family’s enthusiasm of returning to the lakes area.”
A licensing exemption to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (DOH) standards on food safety signed into law by Gov.
The Pequot Lakes School Board approved the 2013-15 contract with principals at its Monday, April 21, meeting, securing a total increase in costs of $23,710, or 7.5 percent, over two years. The new contract includes a salary increase of 4 percent the first year and 3 percent the second year, along with an increase of life insurance coverage to $200,000 and an increase of the duty stipend to $750. The district’s health insurance contribution was reduced to $7,086 to match the teachers’ contract, and the difference of $5,164 was shifted over to salary.
The Fifty Lakes City Council approved hiring an architect from Simonson Lumber of Crosslake to draw up architectural plans for the municipal bar’s planned patio expansion at their April 8 meeting, according to draft minutes. With Mayor Ken Hersey absent, Councilman Greg Buchite acted as mayor at the regular monthly meeting. Buchite told the council he’d discussed the addition with Simonson Lumber and they advised acquiring professional drawings. The council approved spending up to $1,000 on the drawings and a materials list. In other business, the council:
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team will soon have its own electronic scoreboard, courtesy of a $9,000 donation from the Copham Family Foundation. Jed and Kristi Copham of Forest Lake own Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), and the new scoreboard will bear the BIR logo.
The Crosslake City Council on Monday, April 14, heard an update on the Fourth of July fireworks display from Crosslake chamber director Cindy Myogeto and Lake Country Crafts and Cones owner Pat Netko.
After nearly four hours of negotiations Monday, April 14, Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes (EMPL) union negotiators and the Pequot Lakes School Board were unable to reach a contract agreement. This is the first time since late summer 2013 that negotiators met directly with one another. The union and school board communicated through state mediation services in November, but have not met since. EMPL president Kim Johnson said members of the union’s negotiating team were to meet with union members Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the proceedings.
Pine River-Backus (PR-B) senior Danielle Butcher took home the title of 2014 Miss Pine River and a $1,000 scholarship at “A Note-Able Evening” at PR-B High School. Eight contestants vied for the crown at the 35th annual scholarship pageant sponsored by the Pine River Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 12, showcasing their talents and modeling in business attire and evening gowns. Shannon Osier was crowned First Princess and Miss Congeniality, earning $450 toward schooling, and Candice Zackowski was crowned Second Princess and awarded a $300 scholarship.
The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved Crosslake Communication’s fiber optic cable installation plan scheduled in conjunction with this summer’s reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 3 at a Monday, April 7, meeting. Crosslake Communcations operation manager Jared Johnson presented the company’s plans to the council at a second special meeting in as many weeks. He said the company has already begun digging in selected areas for the fiber installation, but will have to wait for snow to melt in other areas.