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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CROSSLAKE - The fifth annual Crosslake Monster Dash 5K is scheduled Oct. 25 at the Crosslake Community Center. This year's run will feature chip timing by Karma Race Management. The Monster Dash is the only 5K to offer free childcare (4-10 year olds) during the race, event organizers reported. The course will give runners a great chance to set new personal records as the terrain is flat and fast. In addition, runners will be featuring costumes for the Halloween season.
BAXTER - Concepts for Whiskey Creek could create a park setting and address water pollutants. Baxter is currently working with Good Samaritan Society, which purchased the former golf course in anticipation of constructing a senior assisted living facility and to create an area addressing water quality issues at Whiskey Creek. HDR Engineering prepared a feasibility study looking at alternatives for increased water quality in the Whiskey Creek tributary that leads to the Mississippi River. The watershed receives stormwater runoff from most of Baxter's commercial district along Highway 371.
Sometimes determining the cost of preventing what might have happened is both a valid exercise and impossible to prove. For sobriety courts, turning lives around through a combination of treatment, intense supervision during an extended time period and a team approach, has proven to be successful in ending a cycle for repeat offenders. Probation agents also believe it saves lives for those who are successful in treating addictions and the people they could have come in contact with while intoxicated and behind the wheel. Probation agent Preston Windorski said statistics show one in seven li
BAXTER - With the Isle Drive extension project getting closer, the Baxter City Council reviewed the final concept with WSB and Aric Welch of Widseth Smith Nolting Tuesday. Council member Todd Holman asked about options to connect with pedestrians or bicycle options south on Ironwood Drive after the roundabout at Highland Scenic Drive. Holman noted an urban design will allow for a pedestrian path where a rural road plan with ditches would make it difficult to include. Holman said he'd think the urban option would be more attractive to property owners.
Seventeen-year-old Brandie Joel returned home Tuesday night. Her father Jim Joel said Brainerd Police Department Investigator Craig Katzenberger brought Brandie back home about 6 p.m. Posts of the teenager were up on her parent's Facebook page. Shelly Joel said Brandie showed up at a relative's house in Princeton Wednesday and the aunt called Katzenberger who picked the teenager up and brought her back to Brainerd. Brandie was last seen Sept. 28 in northeast Brainerd.
When Sharleen Gordon left jail after her second arrest for driving while intoxicated, she vowed not to return. But she did. She knew going with either of the traditional routes would only mean going back to alcohol. She considered jail to be an easy option. Traditional routes represented paths of least resistance to continue the destructive life she was leading. "I didn't want the easy way out," Gordon said. "I wanted something that would help me.
Drug courts were born of a desire to stop a pattern of seeing the same offenders time after time come back through the legal system. David Hermerding, assistant Crow Wing County attorney, said in district court the same people come through the legal system time and time again. That isn't the case in sobriety courts. "The recidivism rates are extremely low, so it works," Hermerding said. "You teach people to turn their life around by education, by treatment, by helping find jobs, by reconnecting to their families. Those are things district court can't do."
EMILY - A motorcyclist was fatally injured in a crash Sunday south of Emily, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The crash was reported at 7:30 p.m. on Highway 6. Reports from the police scanner noted massive, traumatic injuries. North Memorial Air Care was called to the scene, but the victim was pronounced dead at the crash site. The northbound lane was closed to traffic as emergency crews responded to the scene. Further information was unavailable Sunday night.
A smiling blond 17-year-old left her parents southeast Brainerd home to spend the night at a friend's house intending to return the next day. That was more than a week ago. "She never took off and lost contact with everybody," Shelly Joel said of her daughter. "She's always stayed in contact with someone." On Sept. 27, Brandie Joel took pajamas and a change of clothes to spend the night at a girlfriend's house. She planned to walk to the friend's house. Her mom said she may have taken a light zip-up hoodie but no jacket. Highs were in the 80s that weekend.
Options to help people work toward greater health and fitness continue to grow in the lakes area. Takedown Gym north of Baxter is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at 17192 Highway 371, just south of Crow Wing Power. The training facility opened this past spring with three objectives. Provide a center for wrestlers who wanted to achieve peak performance, serve as a training center for all athletes from all disciplines and sports, and training for anyone with a fitness goal.