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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Nearly five years ago, a presentation on youth sex trafficking inspired a group of advocates to form a coalition to address the problem locally in the Brainerd lakes area. "Nobody grows up and says, I think I want to sell my body to anybody who wants to buy it," said Kathy Sauve, director of youth, housing and family resources at LSS in Brainerd. "Nobody does that. We know that." On Friday, two initiatives spearheaded by the Brainerd office of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota were announced to further the goal of combating youth sex trafficking.
Brainerd resident Tiffany Stenglein announced Friday she is seeking the Minnesota DFL Party endorsement for state Senate District 10. Stenglein, 32, has formed and registered a campaign committee with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Registering the committee will allow the DFLer to raise and spend money in pursuit of the DFL endorsement. District 10 includes all of Crow Wing and Aitkin counties.
NISSWA—The ice on Hole-in-the-Day Bay of Gull Lake is thick enough to host the ice fishing tournament billed as the world's largest. Lt. Scott Goddard of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday afternoon a permit will be issued for the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The event was initially scheduled for Jan. 23, but uneven ice forced postponement to Feb. 6. Holes drilled on the contest surface showed the center and the western perimeter have 19-20 inches of ice, while the eastern perimeter was 14 inches thick.
PINE RIVER—Traveling the country roads of rural Pine River yields the expected sights—herds of cattle, stands of pine trees, meandering streams—but also glimpses into the future. In open fields and on rooftops are solar arrays, panels harnessing the energy of the sun's rays and powering the electricity, heating systems and hot water of homes and businesses.
More volunteer drivers—and a new transport van—are needed to assist Crow Wing County veterans. Veterans Service Officer Bob Nelson reported this to the county board Tuesday as part of his quarterly report on his department. Volunteers interested in assisting with transportation are required to receive a physical examination at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility, must have a clean driving record and be insurable. Commissioner Paul Thiede asked Nelson whether drivers were required to be veterans.
All-terrain vehicle riders will once again be allowed to travel along Crow Wing County Highway 66 after final approval of an updated ordinance by the county board Tuesday. An amendment introduced by Commissioner Paul Thiede also reduced the speed limit for ATVs using that stretch of road to 20 mph, following an opinion by County Attorney Don Ryan that led to some procedural backtracking.
Renee Hines and Jeffrey King were accustomed to dealing with frozen water pipes at the Pequot Lakes home where they lived for a decade. After more than a week of subzero temperatures, the morning of Sunday, Jan. 17, called for reinforcements from a portable gas heater to help waterflow in the trailer home they rented. The heater instead caused a fire destroying the home on the 31000 block of Honeysuckle Street that day. The fire left Hines, 56, and King, 51, with nothing but the clothing they wore and the family dog, Pookie, who also managed to escape the flames.
Should residents seated on county committees be limited to eight years of service, or should commissioners have the option to reappoint someone indefinitely? This was the central question of a discussion on the county's committee policy among three commissioners at Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting. The current policy—which applies to committees not governed by ordinance, bylaws or state statute—limits committee members to eight consecutive years of service.
Crow Wing County taxpayers covered costs roughly equal to the salary of one more county commissioner in per diem and expenses payouts to commissioners in 2015. In addition to their annual salaries, the five county commissioners are compensated for attending meetings and for expenses. County Administrator Tim Houle said this is standard practice among Minnesota counties.
It's almost over. This particular stretch of subzero high temperatures, anyway. The forecast calls for a gradual warmup beginning today in the Brainerd lakes area leading to highs of nearly 30 degrees this weekend. "We're going to be in a slow, incremental warming trend here, with below normal precipitation," said Steve Gohde, observing program leader with the National Weather Service in Duluth. "We're going to shift away from this cold, arctic air that we've seen."