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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A family on a mission to raise funds for a service dog for their 5-year-old son has reached their $15,000 goal in two short months. In September, the Brainerd Dispatch shared the story of Joshua Pence, a boy diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder whose adoptive parents, Chris and Megan Pence, felt would benefit from a specially trained service dog. The Pences adopted Joshua as an infant after six months of foster care.
Area emergency personnel are warning about the dangers of thin ice after a close call by an overeager ice skater near Pillager Thursday. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said first responders received a call mid-morning on Thanksgiving Day that a man on ice skates had fallen through the ice on Lake Placid, a reservoir of the Crow Wing River west of Pillager.
Crow Wing County is joining the call for passage of a new county program aid formula by the state Legislature during the next session. The Association of Minnesota Counties is asking county boards to pass resolutions of support in seeking a change in program aid funding from the state.
A public hearing on a proposed sales tax to fill a funding gap for road and bridge projects in Crow Wing County drew about a dozen residents at Tuesday's county board meeting. In a presentation to the board, County Engineer Tim Bray said without an influx of revenue to the county coffers, the quality of pavement on county roads will continue to deteriorate faster than crews can maintain it.
Two men arrested as part of a law enforcement prostitution operation conducted in October in Breezy Point are now officially facing charges. Roger Louis Carriere Jr., 35, Grand Rapids, and Robert Joseph Hennen, 52, Pierz, each face a gross misdemeanor charge of soliciting prostitution in a public place, according to criminal complaints filed by the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office Friday. Both men were arrested by Breezy Point Police after showing up for arranged meetings with a fictional escort in a Breezy Point hotel room through a classified advertising website. On Tuesday, Oct.
When Brainerd resident Shannon Mills and her family were some of the few to acquire Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass, which sold out nationwide in under a second, their plan was not to gorge themselves on pasta, salad, soup and breadsticks.
The first harsh blast of winter in the Brainerd lakes area kept emergency personnel on the move Thursday, responding to numerous reports of crashes and vehicles off the road. After the rainfall turned into snowflakes overnight, blowing snow and icy roads made for difficult travel conditions for the morning commute in the Brainerd lakes area. Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol reported between 6 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
The good news? Seat belt use is up dramatically in Minnesota, greatly reducing the number of unbelted traffic deaths. The surprising consequences?
A probation partnership spanning more than four decades will soon come to an end. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday unanimously voted to withdraw from Central Minnesota Community Corrections, a joint powers probation agency with Morrison and Aitkin counties. The county will instead go it alone, administering probation through Crow Wing County Community Services. The decision came as part of an examination of the pros and cons of the county's relationship with CMCC, prompted by a request from County Administrator Tim Houle.
The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on whether Crow Wing County should adopt a sales tax to fund road and bridge improvements. The county board Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on a potential local option sales tax for Nov. 24. County Engineer Tim Bray told the county board in September the highway department is facing increasing difficulties in keeping up with road maintenance, particularly under a zero or negative levy expectation.