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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NISSWA - A second day of protest actions by Anishinaabe treaty rights activists Friday resulted in citations from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Two men face possible gross misdemeanor charges of taking fish by an illegal method after they set a gill net in Hole-in-the-Day Bay of Gull Lake in Nisswa Friday.
A 10-year lease agreement renewal with the Crow Wing County Fair Association set for approval at Tuesday's county board meeting was tabled at the request of the board chairman. In an interview following the meeting, Chairman Paul Koering, who also serves as an ex-officio member of the Crow Wing County Fair Board, said there are still "a few things that need to get ironed out." "I continue to hear from people who are just not happy with the way things are going at the fairgrounds," Koering said.
The 2015 Legislative session was overall a good one for Minnesota counties, representatives from the Minnesota Inter-County Association told the Crow Wing County Board. At the board's Aug. 18 committee of the whole meeting, Keith Carlson, Nancy Silesky and Steve Novak from the nonprofit discussed how law changes affected all counties as well as Crow Wing County specifically. "They didn't put any onerous provisions on us and avoided substantial new mandates that they've always used as sort of an escape hatch," said Carlson, executive director.
A thick stack of papers bearing the signatures of 2,414 concerned county residents was what motivated Ron Brusven of Brainerd to address the Crow Wing County Board during open forum Tuesday. Among those signatures, Brusven told the board, were a near-centenarian, who was 4 years old when women first gained the right to vote, and an area state legislator.
The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday rejected an unusual agreement proffered by the state auditor's office to extend auditing services for the next three years. The agreement comes in the wake of the passage of a state law permitting Minnesota counties to hire private accounting firms to conduct annual audits beginning in 2016. The GOP-sponsored bill was a sticking point between the Legislature and Gov.
BAXTER - A third law enforcement operation Tuesday led by the Baxter Police Department netted four more men allegedly attempting to solicit prostitution in a public place. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted confirmed his department, in cooperation with other area law enforcement agencies, placed an online advertisement in the "Escort" section of a classified advertising website offering the services of a fictional woman at a Baxter hotel. Exsted said the cases of four men who allegedly responded to the advertisement will be forwarded to the county attorney's office for possible gross misdemeanor
Voters seeking to challenge a Crow Wing County Board decision converting the county auditor-treasurer and recorder from elected to appointed posts have through 5 p.m. Monday to submit a petition. Statute requires a 60-day waiting period before implementation of the change, allowing residents the opportunity to collect signatures from 10 percent of registered voters against the change.
More than 30 supporters of Crow Wing County Extension programs attended the county board's committee of the whole meeting Tuesday to take part in a discussion about the possible elimination of a Master Gardener program staff position. "Extension is very important," said Kathy Edelman, chairwoman of the Extension committee, to board members.
Two men accused of soliciting prostitution in a public place as part of a May law enforcement sting made appearances in court Monday. Matthew Kevin Berg, 33, Brainerd, and Eugene Paul Allord, 57, Little Falls, each appeared in Crow Wing County District Court before Judge Kristine R. DeMay to learn conditions of release and to be scheduled for omnibus hearings. Both men, who were released at officer discretion after arrests at the scene, are expected to maintain current address information with the court and their attorneys, remain law-abiding and make all future court appearances.
In a building just steps from the entrance of the Crow Wing County Fair, a group of concerned residents are asking fairgoers to sign a petition against a recent county board decision they say is infringing on the rights of voters. The group, calling themselves Crow Wing County Concerned Voters, must acquire the signatures of 10 percent of the county's registered voters by Aug.