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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Detour North Cabin Outfitters in Hackensack is hosting an event this Labor Day weekend called Carve for the Kids. The third annual chain saw carving event is through Sunday. Shauna Harding, Detour North Cabin Outfitters, said the premise of the event they created is that all the money - 100 percent of the profit - goes back into the community through various organizations helping children. "Between the last two years, we have donated over $12,000," Harding stated.
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.
NISSWA - The opportunity to drink a cold Gull Dam beer on a warm day is getting closer. Gull Dam Brewing's name is now up on the iconic water wheel building on Smiley Road in Nisswa. In April, with snow melting beneath a cloudless deep blue sky, Mark and Barb Anderson signed the papers closing on the former Werneke Water Wheel Center property. After taking ownership, anticipation was for a June opening day. The aggressive construction schedule proved to be overly optimistic. By early August, building renovations were still taking shape.
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.
BAXTER - Plans for Whipple Beach may include a concrete patio and a 12-foot paved trail cutting through the woods, but council members remain divided about the future of disc golf there. Proposed expenditures for the city's parks were outlined during recent budget discussions. At Whipple Beach, recommendations were to add a concrete patio where the beach meets the grass. Wind-whipped sand is a weekly maintenance issue as staff members rake it back off the grass and the patio.
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.
BAXTER - A tax levy of $5,601,900 for 2015 - representing an increase of $94,000 or 1.7 percent compared to 2014 - is proposed for the city of Baxter. This year "new construction" took a substantial uptick, adding about $9.1 million for taxes payable in 2015, which generated about $116,409 in tax capacity.
As the Brainerd lakes area passes the torch for the 2015 Governor's Fishing Opener, it will be sending more than good wishes. Tracker Boat Center is donating the fishing boat for the opener at Lake Vermilion. The 2015 Targa 18 Walk Through will be raffled off to help offset expenses of hosting the opener. Tyler Hinman, Tracker Boat Center general manager, handed the black boat with red and white accents to Jay Schelde, president of the Lake Vermilion Resort Association. "The boat is going to make it easy for us to raffle. This is a sweet boat. It's really a big deal.
Memories for the Making is going out of business. Owner Nicole Lemmerhirt said a lot of factors went into the closing, including the lingering effects of the recession as people continue to look hard at discretionary spending. The scrapbook industry, once a booming cottage industry, has been one of the areas hit hard by a changing economic landscape as people changed spending habits and what they did with their time. In some cases electronic versions no doubt took a toll and more big box stores also began carrying scrapbook inventory.
Enbridge reports moving crude oil by pipeline will bring construction jobs and property tax dollars to the state and be part of the goal of achieving energy independence. Enbridge has been in Minnesota for 65 years. It has nearly 400 employees in the state and offices in Duluth. Enbridge reports it meets nearly 80 percent of refining demand in Minnesota. Enbridge is an energy transportation company and in the Upper Midwest that mainly involves transporting crude oil. In other areas it also transports natural gas and has invested $3 billion in renewable energy - wind, solar and geothermal.