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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Ten times a day Lisa Leeseberg hears the same set of questions. When will it open? What's it going to be like? What's happening at the former Wadena Bakery? For Leeseberg, a second generation downtown business owner, adding another enterprise to her to-do list is more than bringing a bakery back to life. It's one way to fight a tide of empty storefronts now all too common in Wadena. And, Leeseberg said, the effort is so much fun it doesn't seem like work at all. To say Leeseberg's days are full is a bit like saying the sun's surface is hot.
Congressman Rick Nolan, D-Minn., says there is a de-facto war on the poor and the middle class because of greed. "I'm here to talk about the growing income inequalities," Nolan said. "The simple truth is - and it's not hyperbole, it's fact - the simple truth is the richer are getting richer and greed is unparalleled and the poor are getting poorer. ... And the middle class is getting crushed. Those are just the hard facts.
What a difference a week can make. Six days ago, Brainerd was setting a new record low at 28 below zero. The daytime high was 5 degrees. In a nearly 60 degree temperature swing, the high today may rise to 64 degrees. It's almost 30 degrees warmer than the normal high this time of year. If today's high surpasses 62 degrees it will set a new record, besting the 62 degree day set on March 12, 2012. With the rapidly dwindling snow piles and virtually snow-free yards, the lakes area may overtake 2012 for a zero snow depth. This week was a record setter on multiple days.
Sarah Hustad said public fears are real when it comes to public concerns as the sex offenders considered most likely to reoffend are released from prison, but misconceptions can contribute to fear. Hustad, Minnesota Department of Corrections community notification coordinator, spoke to a small gathering of about nine residents Tuesday night. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office provided the public notification meeting in the Land Services Building in Brainerd. Christopher Eugene Wheeler, 41, is returning to Crow Wing County Thursday.
BAXTER - Pedestrian access for sidewalks were again before the Baxter City Council recently as part of a larger discussion on the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan, which acts as...
BAXTER - Darrel Olson is once again mayor of Baxter. The Baxter City Council unanimously voted to appoint Olson during a special Tuesday night meeting. City council members Todd Holman, Mark Cross, Quinn Nystrom and Steve Barrows stood as Olson took the oath of office. "It was an interesting feeling applying for my own job with two years left on my previous election," Olson said after the meeting. Holman, who served as acting mayor in the interim, said at this meeting he was reflecting on the moment when stunned members of the council reacted in an extended silence as Olson repeatedly soug
CROSBY - It was standing room only Monday night the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Governing Board Room, with people lined up along the walls of the board room and spilling into the hallway. Nearly a month after hearing concerns from residents and staff members during a governing board meeting, several people were given the opportunity to speak before the board.
Saturday, Feb. 14, will be Gary Scheeler's last day at his east Brainerd lawn and garden business. He's closing Brainerd Country Power Equipment, his Cub Cadet dealership, and retiring. Entering his 41st year in business, Scheeler said it was time to take a break while he was healthy enough to enjoy it. "I still want to be young enough to live that dream," he said. Scheeler came to Brained in 1994 from St. Cloud, buying a house here sight unseen from a photo on a real estate agent's wall.
Gregory Park's tennis courts - the twin courts on the north side - will have a new look, new surface and new court options this summer. But to get there, Tony Sailer, director at Brainerd Parks and Recreation, said donations are still needed. The cost of resurfacing and rebuilding the two tennis courts comes with a $56,270 price tag, that's about $14,730 less than initially expected. Sailer said the drop in oil prices helped in timing of the bid.
Gull Lake Glass is leaving its West Washington Street site to make way for the arrival of Dunkin' Donuts in Brainerd. Dunkin' Donuts is working through the design and building plan and approvals with the city's permit process. "We are definitely moving down the track," said Matt Johnson, who works with land and lease development out of the Hinckley-based office. Construction on the Dunkin' Donuts is anticipated in the late fall for a spring 2016 opening. While Gull Lake Glass reports it sold its Washington Street site for the doughnut shop, it will still serve customers from its main offic