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 - 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.
Prairie Bay has new owners but that doesn't mean there are new faces. "We get to own our business that we helped grow," said Nick Miller, Prairie Bay's longtime general manager. Miller has been with Prairie Bay, the restaurant and catering business in Baxter, for 11 years. Executive Chef Matt Annand has been part of the restaurant for a decade.
Graduation season may not, on the surface, seem to be a hot time of year in a candy store. But that was before setting up candy buffets, populated for nostalgia or picked to be color coordinated, stormed into the bridal scene. Now the trend has overtaken grad parties. At Sullivan Candy and Supply Store in downtown Brainerd, the choices and colors of candy seem to provide an endless variety and can be ordered to fill color schemes. Owner Tom Sullivan Jr. represents the third generation in the family business.
BAXTER - One of the largest development projects in years is before the city of Baxter in the form of a sketch plan. And it is one of the first commercial developments to propose such a large project this far south of the critical nexus of highways 371 and 210. The proposal by the Baxter Mainstreet LLC calls for eight retail buildings - including one unnamed big box store of 105,000 square feet - five office buildings and three apartment buildings.
BAXTER - A Baxter City Council member will participate in interviews for a new fire chief in Brainerd, but to what extent wasn't clear Tuesday. Gary Scheeler, Brainerd City Council president, sat in the audience during the Baxter workshop session Tuesday night. On the agenda was an update on the fire service. Assistant City Administrator Kelly Steele, who has been serving as acting administrator during Gordon Heitke's medical leave, said the invitation to take part in the interview process for a new fire chief came after the Fire Advisory Board meeting last week.