Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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The Brainerd lakes area is a region blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of opportunities to be physically active. Yet those who live and work here can be hard-pressed to take advantage of all that potential with time dedicated to jobs and the basics of keeping a household running. Living healthier lives often tops the list of things people want to do, but stressed for time the easiest, fastest choice is often not the healthiest.
A BNSF Railway eastbound freight train and a car with two occupants collided Sunday at the West Gull River Road crossing just off Highway 210 west of Baxter. Both car occupants, a man and a woman, were transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. The two-member train crew was not reported injured, Amy McBeth, BNSF spokeswoman said. The crash was reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Cass County. Train traffic was halted to allow emergency crews to respond to the scene.
Asked in a survey how healthy they were, Crow Wing County residents strongly reported good to excellent health status - to the tune of 89 percent. "The reality is a disconnection," Crow Wing Energized reported in a summary of those survey results. The survey was developed by Crow Wing Energized and the Minnesota Department of Health with the assistance of Essentia Health and Crow Wing County public health staff. It was mailed to 2,400 addresses in Crow Wing County.
BAXTER - Faced with two forces dependent on the summer season, Baxter City Council members sought to find middle ground between. The city has a list of distressed city streets crumbling beneath traffic volumes. It also has businesses trying to make the most of short revenue seasons.
BAXTER - How should Baxter plan future transportation corridors before land is developed when doing so involves significant spending now? The topic of mapping as a way to ensure future corridors remain available for street projects as land is developed was the single topic during a workshop session Tuesday. Trevor Walter, public works director, reported cons include the cost and tying up landowner rights if the city isn't sure a street will be needed or constructed in the near future.
Jenni Galligan heard a man screaming behind her and turned in time to see a large dog charging at her. Galligan had just enough time to scoop up her small shih tzu when the other dog, a bullmastiff, clamped his jaws around the flesh in her upper arm. The result left Galligan with two gashes and extensive bruising. Now Brainerd police are looking for the bullmastiff and its owner, who fled the scene. Galligan was walking with her dog, Harvey, in Lum Park on Sunday afternoon when the bullmastiff dog rushed at her and bit her.
For those who have driven by the former paper mill in northeast Brainerd and wondered what it would be like to walk inside, an opportunity awaits. In June, the mill will be opened to public tours as part of Brainerd History Week. The mill has a long history in Brainerd. Paper production in northeast Brainerd began as the Northwest Paper Co. in the first years of the 20th century. When the art and science of papermaking that went into creating a product known across the industry for its quality ended in Brainerd, Mike Higgins drove 13 hours from Michigan to see the paper mill.
EAST GULL LAKE - Remembering those who gave everything in the service of their nation included those gathered at Cragun's resort this weekend. This year has been a remarkable one for significant anniversaries in the nation's history and a reminder of the reason for the Memorial Day. Both themes were topics of guest speakers Ret. Lt. Col. Paul Cibuzar, Marine Corps, and keynote speaker Capt. Joseph Howe, Minnesota Army National Guard. "It's important for us to recognize our veterans," said Cibuzar, who noted memorial is something that preserves memories.
Bob Olson, a fixture in Brainerd city government, died Saturday at his home after suffering from lung cancer. He was 88. Olson was described by those who knew him well as an energetic advocate who possessed a sharp mind, an incredible memory and a bulldog's tenacity. Olson moved with his family to Brainerd in the early '70s from Owatonna.
After six years in Chicago, Brandi Blowers was ready for a return home. Blowers grew up in Merrifield. She's taken her interior design degree and translated it into her own store Studio BNB in downtown Brainerd. Blowers is hosting a grand opening this holiday weekend through Monday. She recently opened her studio, at 1014 Laurel St., with a desire to reclaim, reuse and repurpose items. Her own design esthetic incorporates vintage and repurposed furniture.