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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An informational meeting for Crow Wing County property owners living along Ditch 13 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Edward Town Hall. The Crow Wing County Board voted in March to host the meeting after it received a petition asking the county to clean out the century-old agricultural ditch.
Portions of Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center remain closed more than two weeks after an attempted arson triggered the sprinkler system and subsequent water damage. Mike Larson, chief operating officer for the Brainerd hospital, said despite the potential for major damage to sensitive machinery among other concerns, the impact is relatively minor. "We were very lucky," Larson said.
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday authorized Lutheran Social Services to administer funds and programming to prevent family homelessness in the county. Lutheran Social Services' program Housing Options for Everyone is based in Brainerd and provides services to Crow Wing, Todd and Morrison counties. The program works with those who are homeless or households facing homelessness. The goal is to reach people before they are evicted or foreclosed upon in order to prevent them from becoming homeless.
A former police chief, an attorney and six other area men are facing gross misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution in a public place following a sting by law enforcement in Baxter last month. Charges were filed in Crow Wing County District Court against former Aitkin Police Chief Scott Leslie Smith, 62; Kevin Michael Desmet Groseclose, 27, Little Falls; Luke Daniel LaBorde, 31, Crosby; Matthew Kevin Berg, 32, Brainerd; Brent Michael Seivert, 42, Breezy Point; Eugene Paul Allord, 47, Little Falls; and Kevin Ames Chase, 49, Akeley. Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan drafted a criminal c
A public hearing on Crow Wing County's proposed reorganization of county government is set for 9:30 a.m. today. The reorganization would require eliminating the opportunity for county residents to vote for an auditor/treasurer and recorder in future elections. The moves are part of a larger push to improve the customer experience with land-related transactions, said Tim Houle, county administrator. The current structure of county government is organized around statutorily required duties assigned to the elected offices.
Lakes Jam concert-goers should expect "a big-ass party" when up-and-coming country music artist Chase Rice takes the stage Friday. Rice, 28, said he's built his career on a live show that entertains and keeps people coming back for more. "There's still a lot of people out there wondering what I'm all about," Rice said. "I'm not going to tell them to go buy my music, because who knows if they'll like it.
CUYUNA - For Marine veteran Charlie Murphy, a kayak trip down the Pine River was more than just some exercise - it was a spiritual and perhaps even life-changing experience. "There's nothing in the pharmacy they can give you that could replace the experience I just had," Murphy said. "They'll make you go to sleep, they'll take the pain away, but this is a healing that comes from inside." Murphy was one of 12 veterans who traversed the river Thursday, part of the first kayak trip offered by Crosslake-based nonprofit organization Wounded Warriors-MN.
The Crow Wing County Board heard an update Tuesday on the county's aquatic invasive species plan at its committee of the whole meeting. Chris Pence, land services supervisor, told the board they've erected 27 signs so far to educate the public on AIS. They've also purchased an online banner advertisement viewed by 200,000 people in the first month. Of those, 765 people clicked through to view a map of infested lakes on the county's website. Chairman Paul Koering said he does not believe education will stop the spread of AIS. "You can have all kinds of signs and all kinds of brochures ...
Crow Wing County's current approach to residential recycling is the best of several possible options, a new comparative analysis concludes. Land Services Supervisor Chris Pence presented the report Tuesday at the Crow Wing County Board committee of the whole meeting alongside Bob Craggs, solid waste and resource recovery manager with consulting firm Burns & McDonnell. Pence said the study was conducted to better understand how potential changes to the program would impact its costs and effectiveness. "Is our current process what we want to do, or do we want to look at other options?" Pence
In a first-of-its-kind operation in the lakes area, law enforcement arrested nine men in a prostitution sting in Baxter late last month. The men are in the process of being charged by the Crow Wing County Attorney's Office for soliciting prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor offense. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said the operation, which involved the Brainerd Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, is the first step toward uncovering the major players in sex trafficking in the Brainerd lakes area. "It's hard to call it a success but I think it was," Exst