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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New construction will occur in the Brainerd Industrial Park for the first time since the Great Recession. Brainerd city officials said Friday they expect work to begin next week on a new 54,000-square-foot FedEx Ground sorting and distribution facility in the park. The sale of 9 acres of land was finalized Thursday after the city council first learned of the company's interest last October. "You talk about a big deal for Brainerd, this is huge," said Gary Scheeler, city council president.
In 1975, a young man madly in love with his future wife made a lofty promise to her that at the time seemed nearly impossible to keep. Having just purchased wedding rings at a Fargo mall, the couple stopped in a nearby music store where Kristil McDonald gravitated toward the grand pianos on display. One day, she wanted one of these beautiful pianos, she told her soon-to-be husband John McDonald. "I can see that she just fell in love with this piano," John said. "I'm practically penniless, but I looked down at her and said, 'I promise I'll buy you one someday.' ...
The first Veterans' StandDown hosted in the Brainerd lakes area assisted nearly 100 area veterans and garnered new volunteer drivers for Crow Wing County veterans services, Veterans Service Officer Bob Nelson told the county board Tuesday. The event, funded by state grant dollars and hosted in conjunction with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, was the highlight of Nelson's monthly report.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation asked the Crow Wing County Board Tuesday to support its application for a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance. The organization, along with the Cass County Economic Development Corporation, is seeking the grant to work with local software company Micronet in beta testing software specifically suited to economic development groups. Sheila Haverkamp, executive director of BLAEDC, said she was unaware the organization would need county board support to apply for the grant and said the application was due by noon Tuesday. "Our h
The Crow Wing County Fair will remain one of the few dry fairs in the state after the county board voted to continue a longstanding ban on alcohol sales. The decision was a disappointing one for members of the Crow Wing County Fair Board who have lobbied for a beer garden at the fair to boost revenues. "We've learned to adapt before and we'll do it again," said Gary Doucette, fair board president, after Tuesday's meeting.
Crow Wing County voters might never again select a county recorder and auditor-treasurer on their ballots. The county board Tuesday took the next steps in the process toward converting the elected posts to appointed ones. The moves are part of a larger push to improve the customer experience with land-related transactions. The board unanimously passed a resolution to enable legislation signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last Thursday granting the county authority to make the change. The board also scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 9:30 a.m.
Lead contamination in a south Brainerd neighborhood left by a foundry shut down nearly 35 years ago is slated for cleanup next month. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency intends to break ground June 15 at eight excavation sites around the intersection of Quince and South 10th streets to remove soil laced with high concentrations of lead.
The Brainerd City Council voted to offer Patrick Christopherson the open city administrator position Monday night. Christopherson, who currently works as county coordinator for Kanabec County, was the only finalist for the position after the other finalist chose to withdraw from consideration over the weekend. Council President Gary Scheeler asked whether the council thought other candidates should be introduced into the search in light of finalist Mark Sievert's withdrawal.
One finalist remains for the Brainerd city administrator post after the other finalist withdrew from consideration over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, Fergus Falls City Administrator Mark Sievert informed hiring consultant Sharon Klumpp of Springsted he no longer wished to be considered. "I appreciate the opportunity to be considered and hope them the best moving forward," Sievert wrote. Sievert's withdrawal comes after members of Brainerd City Council raised questions about his involvement with an election violations complaint in Fergus Falls.
Experience or energy - these are the characteristics members of the Brainerd City Council felt they were choosing between in their decision to select a city administrator. The council consensus was that Mark Sievert, Fergus Falls city administrator since 2000, represented experience, while Patrick Christopherson, county coordinator in Kanabec County, would bring energy to the city.