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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BAXTER - Fall approaching quickly and a desire to keep the Isle Drive project on schedule was before the Baxter City Council in a special meeting Tuesday. Gordon Heitke, city administrator, said going outside city staff for wetland delineation - defining and mapping the wetlands - and field survey work will help the Isle Drive project get back on schedule. Heitke said in order to accomplish that task before it gets too late into the fall, Widseth Smith and Nolting (WSN) would do the work for an estimated $5,000 for the wetland delineation and $16,000 for the field survey work.
Ryan Saulsbury never saw what changed his life. He likely encountered it years ago, perhaps when he was out hunting small game with his dog. An outdoor enthusiast, who enjoyed hunting and fishing, he was outside much of the time. Then in August of 2011, his mother died of a massive stroke after surgery on a carotid artery. Saulsbury started to notice symptoms of memory loss and confusion.
On Aug. 9, 1944, Major Don M. Beerbower, the leading ace in aerial victories in the Ninth Air Force with 15.5 planes shot down, led the 353rd Fighter Squadron in a strafing attack against approximately 30 twin-engine enemy aircraft located at an airdrome north of Reims, France. During the low-level engagement the 22-year-old squadron commander's P-51 Mustang, Bonnie "B," was struck multiple times. The fighter plane crashed near the village of Saint-Thierry. Beerbower, a native of Hill City, and an alumnus of Iowa State University, died at the scene.
BAXTER — In order to provide information to residents about the local option sales tax prior to the ballot question in November, the Baxter City Council discussed options Tuesday. Plans include utilizing the city newsletter, website, presentations and news outlets. More information is expected in late September or early October. The last time the local option sales tax was on the ballot, the city also hosted public meetings at city hall, but they were sparsely attended. "I think we still have to offer it," Mayor Darrel Olson said.
BAY LAKE - It began with a Christmas gift. One that a horse lover may dream of for decades. That single gift of a black Morgan gelding, expected to be a hobby, grew into a business with international ties. Brenda and Timmy Johnson, Crow Wing County residents for 26 years, now have a thriving breeding center with Friesian stallions from the Netherlands. From the days of that single Morgan horse, the Johnson's horse farm now has a steady population of 30 to 40 horses. Giant white pines provide a backdrop to the farm's multiple buildings and corrals.
What if a host of employees could be engaged in a problem-solving culture? Benefits could come by increasing profits, reducing waste, finding ways to be more productive and engaging employees in finding solutions from the bottom up instead of a top-down approach. Stern Companies in Brainerd found success with the a state-funding matching investment program aimed at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies. The Growth Acceleration Program (GAP) makes business improvement services affordable for those manufacturers.
BAXTER - When the office buildings first went up around the water garden in Baxter's first conservation design office park, the idea was to construct an office building each year. It was 2006, after all. Business was booming. Fairview Conservancy provided a 4.5 acre demonstration project aimed, in part, at increasing awareness of conservation design alternatives for commercial structures. It included low-impact development, green building alternatives, a central rain-water garden with native plants and tree preservation on the perimeter.
BAXTER - If you've opened a plastic food container housing cookies, doughnuts, strawberries or deli sandwiches, the manufacturer may be right in the lakes area's backyard. LINDAR, tucked in a striking office building and manufacturing facility a few blocks off College Road in Baxter's Industrial Park, may still be unsung in its own backyard.
From manufacturing company expansions, to construction of office buildings and renovations of established business, 2014 may be the year the economic recovery picked up steam in the lakes area. Three office buildings are in construction in Baxter at Fairview Office Park and along Isle Drive. Apartment buildings continue to go up in the Baxter. Companies, like Cross-Tech in Crosslake, overcame additional challenges surviving a winter fire. New restaurants either opened their doors or renovated existing eateries. Entrepreneurs and home-based businesses may surprise by their sheer numbers.
Something is happening at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport that hasn't taken place in 33 years. Airmotive Enterprises, the fixed base operator at the airport, last sold a Piper plane in 1981. Then the airport's plane sales stopped. This year, Airmotive is back in the business of selling planes and is expanding its flight school as part of its business rejuvenation. It's goal of selling three Kodiak floatplanes this year is well within reach with two planes sold and another interested party in the wings.