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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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.
BAXTER - A court may decide the battle of appraisals between Essential Health and the city of Baxter. The city contends it shouldn't go that far as Essentia Health signed an agreement to accept an assessment. At issue is an Isle Drive extension to transform the street from a dead-end to a through route basically linking to Highway 371 on the city's south side. The Isle Drive project runs south of the intersection with Falcon Drive, near the Essentia Health St.
BAXTER - The prospect of jobs and an expansion of manufacturing was noted as the Baxter City Council approved a request from a local business owner. Tuesday the Baxter City Council approved a tax-increment financing district for Avantech. The manufacturing firm, formerly known as Lakeland Mold Co. in Brainerd, is proposing developing and expanding operations into Baxter's Industrial Park on the northeast corner of Douglas Fir Drive and Hastings Road.
BAXTER - Matthew Gindele is Baxter's new city planner. The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved hiring Gindele for the planner position. The city's planner post was vacant. Most recently, Gordon Heitke, city administrator, assumed the city planner's duties. Heitke is currently on an extended medical leave. Gindele was interviewed by Josh Doty, community development director, and Kelly Steele, assistant city administrator and acting administrator. Doty and Steele recommended hiring Gindele.
BAXTER - Growlers will be allowed for sale on Sundays in Baxter. The Baxter City Council approved a change allowing state-licensed brewers to sell off-sale growlers, 64 ounces of malt liquor. Earlier this month, Gov. Mark Dayton signed the omnibus liquor bill amending the state law to allow brewers to sell growlers on Sundays. Baxter is allowing the sales as it does on all other days from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. No other off-sales are allowed on Sunday. Previously, the city noted no alcohol could be served prior to 10 a.m.
BAXTER - Ideas of developing a trail corridor connecting Inglewood and Maplewood were revived Tuesday. About 10 years ago, the city was in conversation with landowners about a trail. But those plans lost momentum when a development, a plat for Veranda Heights, didn't go forward. Then came the Great Recession. "I think the topic just sat on the shelf from that time forward," council member Todd Holman said. While talks with property owners in the area haven't percolated for five to six years, the trail did receive a positive reception from homeowners.
CROSBY - Members of the public who wish to address the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Governing Board will need to provide written comments a week in advance. That was one of the changes enacted Monday night during a short board meeting in Crosby. Roger Twigg, board chairman, noted the newly proposed public comment policy was discussed during a retreat and was recommended by the board's executive committee. Twigg asked board members to review the policy, which they did silently via their tablet computers.