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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PINE RIVER - Two people were killed after a small passenger plane crashed in a field south of the Pine River Regional Airport Friday night, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said the pilot John Witt, 43, and his passenger Stacy Sundquist, 32, both of Pine River, were killed in the crash. According to the NTSB, the crash of the Piper J4A aircraft was reported at 6:35 p.m. Friday. Several witnesses reported the plane took off from the airport on a course headed south and appeared to be "low and slow" before crashing one-quarter mile away.
The city of Wadena is experiencing an increasing number of sewer backups and is placing the blame on flushable wipes. Dan Kovar, Wadena public works director, posted a message for residents on the city's Facebook page Tuesday, explaining many of the blockages could be attributed to these wipes. "These blockages may not affect the household flushing the wipes but may be affecting a neighbor down the block, on the next street or someone clear across town," Kovar wrote. Wipes labeled "flushable" - including baby wipes and those intended for adults - have been the subject of consternation among
Crow Wing County will host an informational meeting for property owners living along Ditch 13, an agricultural ditch built more than a century ago that some residents say should be cleared of debris. The Crow Wing County Board voted Tuesday to host the meeting after it received a petition asking the county to clean out Ditch 13.
Recycling at the landfill is about to cost Crow Wing County one-third more than anticipated this year. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved a change to the county's contract with Garrison Disposal/Nisswa Sanitation, allowing the company to increase its rates per collection by $100, from $215 to $315. In a Feb. 24 letter to Doug Morris, solid waste coordinator, the company cited costs associated with providing the service as the driving factor for requesting the increase in fees. Paul B.
Crow Wing County has higher than expected losses relating to workers' compensation claims, the county board learned Tuesday. Bob Goede, risk management consultant to Crow Wing County from the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT), told the board the county's costs are 18 percent higher than expected.
Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson was in Brainerd Friday to talk about Gov.
A vision for conserving the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River is in its planning stages, the Crow Wing County Board heard Tuesday. Tim Terrill, executive director of the Mississippi Headwaters Board (MHB), outlined the premise of the group's "Moving the Needle Toward Protection Campaign." He said the group has assessed the risk of 113 catchment areas of the river between Itasca State Park and southern Morrison County.
On one of the last snowy days of winter, residents in Golden Horizons memory care facility in Crosslake took part in their weekly crafting ritual. This particular Tuesday afternoon in early March, the craft project was snowmen made from Styrofoam balls decorated with colorful scarves, googly eyes and orange toothpicks for carrot noses. Volunteer Sara Duffield of Crosslake patiently displayed scarf fabric color choices to residents Maria Bierman and Lucille Thomas. "Would you like green to match your shirt?" she asked Bierman. Bierman nodded, so she carefully wrapped a tiny scarf around the
The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) and the Crow Wing County Fair Board appeared before the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday. The appearances came at the request of board members before appropriation payments to the organizations were authorized.
Spelling smarts appear to run in the Lin family. Forestview Middle School seventh-grader Ammy Lin said past experience helping her older brother Jimmy study for the spelling bee was one of the things that led to her success Wednesday. The seventh grader took home the first place trophy at the 2015 Lakes Bee, besting 31 other spellers in a swift 12 rounds at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The daughter of Yi and Xi Lin of Baxter, Ammy is now headed to Washington, D.C.