Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010.
A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville.
She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.
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A Whitefish Lake couple requested Monday, July 14, that the Ideal Township Board explore the possibility of an ordinance that limits how often private homeowners may rent their lake home properties. Bob and Mary Kvam, who live on Old Whiskey Road on the south end of Whitefish Lake, brought the board a petition signed by 17 neighbors who support regulations for private homeowners who rent their lake homes more than three or four times a year.
If you’re still feeling the financial sting of the huge spike in propane and fuel oil costs following Minnesota’s brutally cold winter, it may be time to think about investing in an alternative heating option. Sarah Hayden, Central Clean Energy Resource Team coordinator, said spring is the best time to start planning any home energy projects, whether you’re hoping to upgrade your existing heating system or invest in an alternative heating option, such as a solar thermal system, biomass or combined hot air/hot water solar thermal systems.
In 1935, Charlie Shipman opened a used auto parts store on Oak Street in Brainerd, aptly named Oak Street Auto Parts. Nearly 80 years later, Shipman Auto Parts continues to thrive under third-generation ownership by the Shipman family, providing used auto parts for customers throughout Minnesota and customers throughout the United States every day. The used auto parts industry has changed considerably since 1935, especially with the emergence of the Internet. Shipman Auto Parts has continued to adapt to meet the needs of the changing marketplace.
If you need your wedding ring resized or repaired, or you want a new jewelry piece created out of vintage heirloom pieces passed down by generations, you won’t want to bring your precious stones to just anyone. That’s why Merritt Jewelers, a fixture on Front Street in Pequot Lakes for 30 years, continues to be in business, by providing personalized customer service for every person who walks through the door.
At 17, Erik Olson, of Pequot Lakes, and Austin Mesenbrink, of Crosslake, figure they’ve been friends since before they could walk. They’re pretty certain they’ve been hunting nearly as long. Deer, pheasant, duck and turkeys — the Pequot Lakes High School students have hunted them all. In September the pair embarked on an elk hunting trip in the Colorado mountains that they say they will never forget — and can’t wait to do again.
BY JODIE TWEED Correspondent Fall has arrived and winter is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to complete those home improvement projects that will make your home more energy efficient, yet comfortable during the winter months — ultimately reducing your utility bills. Most homeowners don’t know where to begin. One of the best starting points in reducing energy costs is through water conservation. Install low-flow faucet fixtures
BY JODIE TWEED Correspondent Recycling at home takes minimal time and effort, yet many homeowners are holdouts on joining the growing recycling movement. In Crow Wing County, residents in three communities — Brainerd, Baxter and Breezy Point — are served by residential curbside recycling programs at least monthly, according to the Crow Wing County Land Services 2012 recycling report. Several area garbage haulers offer their own recycling programs and services for both their residential and commercial customers.
It has been decades since Ruth Mjoness and Marilyn Bloom were busy raising their own children. But the two women understand the difficulties and rewards of being a mother of young children. That’s why they volunteer their time to lend support and share laughter, along with a little grandmotherly advice, by serving as mentors to women involved with Crosslake Area MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers, group.
When Mary Jo McCarthy looked up her grandfather’s name on a genealogy website, she learned what ship he had been on when he came to America and other basic facts. But what McCarthy yearned for were his stories — the stories of his childhood, the stories that gave her a glimpse into the man he was. Unfortunately, those stories were lost forever since they were never written down.
While Lynn Scharenbroich doesn’t refer to herself as the “Queen of Clean,” she certainly could be a contender for the crown. Scharenbroich, who owns Black Pine Beach Resort with her husband, Bob, knows a thing or two about spring cleaning. Starting in late April, she and her cleaning crew set out to clean each of their cabins from top to bottom so they are ready to rent out for Memorial Day weekend. They try to accomplish all the work within a three-week period.