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Conservation Corps worker Roxanne Gonzalez (left) helps home owner and volunteer Charlie Ford move a natural barrier called a core log into place this week during a shoreline restoration project on Upper Hay Lake. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Shoring up the shoreline

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An initiative long supported by an area lake association is gaining ground after receiving financial support from a county grant.

The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) awarded the Upper Hay Lake Association a grant for $14,500 in June to support its efforts to encourage residents to restore shorelines on their properties.


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Chelsey Perkins
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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