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Chelsey Perkins

Community Editor

I grew up in the Brainerd lakes area, and it's an honor for me to share the stories of my neighbors.
As Brainerd Dispatch community editor, I help to ensure the accuracy and clarity of the information we collect and publish. I continue to write as well, covering a wide range of topics including Crow Wing County government, regional news, watchdog reporting, features and personality profiles. I'm also the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute," our weekday news podcast.
In 2021, I was named a member of the FCC Editorial Advisory Board, which works to build trust with readers and viewers by inviting dialogue, soliciting and supporting diverse opinions and explaining editorial decisions.
I began my career at the Dispatch in August 2014 as the county government beat reporter and was promoted to community editor in July 2017.
I'm always on the hunt for untold stories and interesting characters. Email me at chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or give me a call at 218-855-5874 to share your feedback or news tip.
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The Minnesota State Patrol reported a 2006 Ford Fusion driven by the man originally from Blaine was southbound on Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes when it went into the right ditch and rolled into the lake.
Where Brainerd students once dissected frogs or passed notes to a crush, local creatives now dance the salsa, glaze pots, paint canvases, sew capes or edit photographs. Visitors can shop for yarn, receive acupuncture, strike yoga poses, enter the world of virtual reality, engage in art therapy and soon, even get a haircut — all in one day, if they’d like.
The use of pandemic-related funding for this purpose, county officials have said, improves residents’ ability to conduct their affairs via remote technology, whether it be distance learning, working from home or telemedicine. A total of 1,972 new connections will be installed with this project.
The Aug. 23 Crow Wing County Board decision to enter an engineering consulting contract means preliminary work can commence ahead of construction, the costs of which are almost entirely covered by federal grants.
The case hinged on the fact defendant Stacy Stranne repeatedly opened the coffee shop and restaurant for business after the revocation of her food and beverage license by the health department.
The case hinged on the fact defendant Stacy Stranne repeatedly opened the coffee shop and restaurant for business after the revocation of her food and beverage license by the health department.
The board established the moratorium in April to give staff time to study the issue over the next year in pursuit of more robust and clearer regulations amid apparent increased development pressure on marginal lakeshore properties. These properties abut shallow, marshy areas, complicating residents’ ability to access navigable waters via traditional docking systems.
Bussman is the endorsed Republican for the seat, besting State Sen. Paul Utke and earning the honor before Dale A. P. Anderson entered the race. And this, despite never before seeking office, save as a member of the board of directors for the Sylvan Shores Property Owners Association.
Anderson said his deep local roots stand in contrast to his opponents seeking to be the sole Republican on the Senate District 5 ballot in November.
With the retirement of state Sen. Paul Gazelka this year, Utke is the only incumbent in the newly redrawn district headed toward the Aug. 9 primary and faces two Republican challengers.