Jessie covers the Brainerd City Council and the Brainerd School Board.
Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Jessie attended Winona State University, where she majored in journalism with a minor in women and gender studies.
She worked at the Winona Daily News, Tomah Journal and the La Crosse Tribune before starting at the Dispatch in 2012.
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Mayor James Wallin loves Brainerd. It's why he's been in the position of mayor for 16 years. And it's why he's asking residents for another four. Wallin, 72, was first elected to the city council in 1977. It's that experience in the office and time spent working with local and state leaders that set him above his opponent, he said. After nearly four decades on the council, health issues about a year ago nearly stopped Wallin from running again.
Guy Green had his grandchildren's future in mind when he put his name on the ballot for Brainerd mayor. The 61-year-old has four grandchildren, with another on the way. "I am not going to pass this mess (the city's debt) off on them. My grandfather did not see me come into this world in debt up to my eyebrows, nor did my father," he said. "But I look at my grandchildren, I want to cry sometimes.
The trial period allowing food trucks to operate in Brainerd was extended another six months. At a Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group approved the extension, as the current trial period was nearing its end, so city staff could draft a few possible ordinances on the issue. Voting against the motion was city council member Mary Koep, who said the work could be done faster than six months. The trial period allowed mobile food sales in designated areas throughout the city during certain times of the day. Prairie Bay holds the sole permit issued this year so far. A second food tru
A lower fee than originally approved will be paid for the investigative work on the historic water tower. At a Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group agreed to a three-times reduced rate of $12,000 for investigative work into why pieces of grout are falling from the structure. That's compared to the original $24,850, and the first reduction to $19,870, and a second reduction to $15,370. Classic Coatings was hired in July to investigate the problems with the water tower, as well as what would need to be done to fix the problem. The scope of the project included bringing in a massiv
Discovery Woods Montessori School is getting closer to moving into the former Whittier building now that a conditional use permit is in hand. At a Brainerd City Council meeting Monday, the group approved the conditional use permit to allow the reuse of the Whittier School. The permit is required since the building has not been used for school purposes in more than six years, said City Planner Mark Ostgarden. Discovery Woods could start moving in this fall, he said. The former Whittier School building was sold by the Brainerd School District to Whittier Capital Group for $100,000 in July.
The dreaded front-opening hospital gown. The cold fingers of the doctor. Every year or so, women get their annual checkups, which includes a breast exam. At least that's what doctors recommend, but some women don't.
A request for Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) to reimburse expenses incurred during the recent water boil order has been shot down. It was denied by the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC), on behalf of the city, because the city did not act negligently, according to the letter from LMC. The Brainerd School District first wrote to BPU, asking if there was any way to be reimbursed for the $10,000 the district spent in supplying bottled water to students and staff during the boil order. Steve Lund, director of business services for the district, said the district will now have to reach into the
CROSBY - A longtime back-and-forth dispute between the city of Crosby and its library board has ended up in the court system. The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library Board filed a rare writ of mandamus in Crow Wing County Court on Friday.
Heather Hines is scared for the day her 5-year-old daughter Brianna may have to walk to school. With severe asthma, little sidewalk along the 0.8 mile route one way and a doctor's note that says it's "medically unsafe" for the kindergartener to walk the distance, Hines says she's hit every road block with the district in getting her child on the bus. "We missed it by 200 feet," she said.
A custodian position will be reinstated at Brainerd High School (BHS) South Campus. At a Brainerd School Board meeting Monday, the group made the unanimous decision to bring the position back after hearing how the workload is too heavy with the lower staff levels. School board member Bob Nystrom was absent. A recent custodial staff reduction took place as part of the budget adjustments for the 2013-14 school year. Historically, the south campus facility has operated with four custodians, scheduled with different shifts.