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 - Costs for Falcon Drive were about 40 percent higher than the engineer's estimate. Kevin Wernberg, Widseth Smith Nolting office manager in Baxter, reported everything across the board was higher than the estimate but they'll have to drill down further to find specific trends. The bids were opened Tuesday morning with information shared with the Baxter City Council that night. The plan is to improve Falcon Drive from the intersection with Isle Drive to the north. The engineer's estimate was $124,535. The city received two bids.
BAXTER - Dry land at Johnson's Mini-Storage is now just a fraction higher than the surface elevation of a nearby wetland and a solution may involve Baxter, Brainerd, the state and a beaver family unaware of a possible eviction. Regular and heavy rains this spring and summer have groundwater lurking just below the surface and full wetlands. Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) prepared an Edgewood Drive stormwater study for the city.
BAXTER - One of the last remaining gravel streets in the city may gain from city participation to lower the assessments on paving costs. But city officials want to hear what residents think of the cost sharing before decisions are made. At issue is Briarwood Lane in the city's Southdale section. Briarwood Lane runs by large residential lots of 2.5 acres. There are three homes and two empty lots with the one side dominated by wetlands and a city lot. "So you have one side that's really non-assessable," said Trevor Walter, public works director. "...
CROSBY – Will the economic future of the Cuyuna Range be made in returning to mining, or in a growing recreation industry? Can the two co-exist? This summer, the two came head-to-head during an at times tumultuous meeting to introduce the idea of bringing mining back to the Cuyuna Range. For the people who have invested both time and money into the growing mountain bike trail system in the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area, the idea was startling. For Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.
After selling their medical supply business after 15 years, Julie LaValle said retirement wasn't that appealing. It was downright boring. Where the road led next wasn't what she expected. "I never would have thought I would do a thrift store," she said. But that's just what happened. Julie and Dennis LaValle opened their store - The Mercantile - on July 1.
A veteran who said he was asked to leave an area restaurant because he was with his service dog said the experience was humiliating and he wants to raise awareness before it happens to someone else. Sara McCabe, manager at Iven's, said the incident - on a busy Friday night before the Fourth of July - rose from a miscommunication and the veteran wasn't refused service.
BAXTER - Whipple Beach now has another way for people to enjoy a Minnesota summer and time at the beach. The newly constructed 40-by-40-foot picnic shelter has a full indoor kitchen, seating for 80 and an outdoor grill. Last summer, the city's parks commission looked at park needs. Park dedication funds, which are fueled by developers and construction projects, were earmarked for the picnic shelter at the Whipple Beach recreation area and a pavillion at Berrywood Park. The Berrywood Park project is under construction.
Homeowners in the shoreland district will now be able to build bigger patios. Crow Wing County Board members voted Tuesday to increase the size from a maximum of 180 square feet to 250 square feet and allow up to 400 square feet with an approved stormwater management plan. Chris Pence, land services supervisor in environmental services, said the change came after interaction with Crosslake's shoreland management regulations.
Development of the Milford Mine Memorial Park, site of Minnesota's worst mining disaster, just moved a lot closer to providing a full experience for visitors. The site, which has long languished with limited accessibility, gained from a Crow Wing County plan to do more than distantly remember the disaster that claimed 41 miners lives. A multi-phase plan was created. First steps put in a road and parking area, a rustic canoe or kayak launch and a picnic shelter.
A program to help inmates find jobs and housing before they leave jail appears to be back on track. Last fall, the number of participating inmates in the Release Advance Planning (RAP) program dropped to three, with just one successfully entering the program. It was an about face for a program hailed as successfully helping released inmates from reoffending and returning to jail. A personnel change with Crow Wing County had a newly installed coordinator with a background in chemical dependency who discouraged inmates from using the program, steering them to halfway houses and treatment.