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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The constitutionality of a Nativity scene long displayed on Wadena city property is being challenged by a Wisconsin-based foundation advocating the separation of church and state. A lawyer with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) wrote a letter to the city after a Wadena resident contacted the organization with concerns about the scene, which was displayed this past December in Burlington Northern Park.
Crow Wing County commissioners Tuesday heard concerns about the proposed elimination of a program intended to assist parents with multiple barriers to employment. Kaylo Brooks, a Crow Wing County social worker who works with this population, asked the board to review the benefits of the Tier 3 program before its elimination as part of a broader reorganization of community services. "Our data proves that families are not just being stabilized for the short term but the tax-saving long run," Brooks said.
Crow Wing County presented its inaugural Excellence Awards to 12 employees at the county board's Tuesday meeting. Prompted to "Crow" about the accomplishments of a deserving individual, customers, peers, supervisors and elected officials turned in 90 nominations for six categories of awards. The following county employees were recognized for excellence: • Individual performance - Ryan Simonson, natural resource manager, land services.
The Crow Wing County Board took the first step Tuesday toward a reorganization and consolidation of county government. Board members approved a resolution asking Reps. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, and Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, and Sen.
After Kathy Ludenia and husband Bill sold their Detroit Lakes real estate firm and moved to Brainerd in 1982, she never planned to become involved in county government. She worked for a real estate firm and then transitioned to property management when she sought more regular hours. When a group of local businessmen approached her and suggested she run for county recorder, she was not sure what to think. "I had never really thought about that, because it was political as far as I was concerned, because it was an election," she said.
BAXTER - Following a public hearing, Baxter's long range planning commission voted Monday to recommend the city's comprehensive plan for approval by city council. The plan, which outlines the city's development goals over the next 20-plus years, has been in the process of an update for about two years. The city's previous plan was developed in 2005 and last updated in 2007. At its meeting, the commission also recommended an amendment to the city's zoning ordinances to allow for a planned unit development (PUD) zoning district.
Crow Wing County paid county board members $14,500 in per diem disbursements last year, up nearly $2,000 from 2013. In addition to the base salary of $28,051, county commissioners may also submit for per diem, or $50 for each additional public meeting attended, along with expenses related to travel, including food, lodging and mileage expenses. Based upon that rate, the five commissioners reported attending 290 meetings beyond their regularly scheduled meetings.
There will be no new trial in the case of stray voltage impacting a Pine River dairy farm operation, a Cass County judge ruled Wednesday. Lawyers for Brainerd electrical cooperative Crow Wing Power, which last October was ordered to pay Randy and Peggy Norman $6.3 million in economic and nuisance damages, sought a new trial, claiming irregularities in the court proceedings, misconduct and excessive damages. For nearly 20 years, the Normans claimed to have experienced mysterious health issues with their dairy herd that eventually led them to shutter their business in 2012, following privately
Nearly 60 years ago on a stiflingly hot summer day in Montgomery, Ala., a young preacher spoke to his congregation on the importance of conquering self-centeredness. "An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity," the man said. That man and his legacy were honored Monday both nationally and locally as part of Martin Luther King Jr.
According to McQuiston, when crime prevention specialist Elizabeth Harris left the department in 2010 as part of budget cuts, some of her duties related to code enforcement fell by the wayside. While the department has continued to notify property owners of conduct issues where appropriate, the second and third steps have not been enforced, according to department records.