SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month

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 or give me a call at 218-855-5874 to share your feedback or news tip.
To help support local journalism, click here to sign up to receive a Dispatch digital subscription to our e-edition or to receive the printed paper at your door, or to get both.

It was the first line of severe weather to move in Thursday night, expected to be followed by more stormy skies throughout the night into Friday morning. As the storm front made its way into the area, a 911 caller reported a tornado east of Pillager and a funnel cloud was reported near Nisswa.
The words uttered by Fred Heidmann in a verbal confrontation with police officers and whether they meet the threshold for criminal prosecution are at the center of the case.
Lee Britt, a weather service meteorologist in Duluth, said rain was expected to begin Thursday afternoon, April 28, followed by a slow-moving low-pressure system creeping into the area Friday.
As county attorney, he serves not only as the top prosecutor in the county’s district courts, but also oversees child protection, juvenile justice and victim services. Plus, he’s the legal adviser to the County Board and other departments of county government on issues such as land use, contracts, civil law and other matters.
County officials sought to clarify the relationship between valuation and taxes while also presenting statistics to show Crow Wing County is not alone in its steep increases — even though it appears to be experiencing some of the biggest climbs in the state.
Administrative Services Director Deborah Erickson presented the plan to commissioners and said all Crow Wing County voters will receive a mailing notifying them of the changes.
Griffin estimated a typical year-to-date figure would be 20 to 30 children, and she compared the one placement this year to a time in 2016 or 2017 when 18 youths were removed from their homes within a 72-hour period. In 2018, the number of children outside the home never dropped below 167, with a monthly average of 180 throughout that year.
An administrative law judge opined that state law did not grant the enforcement division the authority to suspend Mission Tavern’s liquor license over its executive order violations, despite there being no question they intentionally defied the orders.
The County Board unanimously passed a motion March 22 directing staff to prepare a resolution to place a yearlong moratorium on development within alternative access lots, which provide a route to public water access for parcels that would otherwise be stymied by protected vegetation, wetlands or other critical fish or wildlife habitat. A public hearing on the proposed moratorium is required and is expected to take place at the next board meeting April 12.
The population of Crow Wing County grew by 3,623 residents between 2010 and 2020 to a total of 66,123 people, according to census data. Divided equally by five, the population of each commissioner district would ideally be 13,225 people.