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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Last week, I heard the frogs. Their chirps seemed to rise in a crescendo while the sun waned, welcoming the longer days and the promise of warmer weather. Hearing their song, I was awash with the realization that this harbinger of spring has been absent from my life since moving to the city nearly a decade ago. While the changing of seasons in an urban environment are certainly beautiful in their own ways, I have been marveling at the way we are able to experience the natural world in the north country.
As more natural landscape is replaced by concrete and parking lots, management of stormwater runoff and snow melt is becoming increasingly important to prevent pollution of lakes, rivers and wetlands. Runoff management is particularly important for homeowners and businesses in urban areas and on shorelines, where water unable to penetrate the soil collects pollutants from impervious surfaces, like driveways, and drains directly into surface water, like lakes.
What began as a long-shot goal nearly two years ago is about to become a reality for one 2005 Pequot Lakes High School grad. Chris Johnson discovered in mid-April that he’s been invited to compete in the qualifying round of NBC and Esquire Network’s popular show “American Ninja Warrior” on May 13 in Denver. The show challenges competitors to complete a series of increasingly difficult obstacle courses designed to test their strength, agility and adaptability.
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.