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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As a boy, a Pequot Lakes native used to dream of a life in the music business. After all, music encompassed his life from childhood. Raised in a musical family, Braden Palmer was already finishing his first album when he was about 12 years old. He started a record label right after his high school graduation. Not many years later he was producing for a hip-hop artist and working with some of the biggest names in the industry - Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube.
NISSWA - Optimism reigns as the summer season approaches for a strong tourism season this year. A recovering economy and a spring - finally without late season snow and ice - are part of the mix. Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce president, said tourism is big business in Minnesota and even bigger business in the Brainerd lakes area. "Tourism is really our economic driver," said Kilian.
BAXTER - ALDI Inc., the grocery store chain, requested and received approval for a preliminary and final plat for its planned construction of a store near Target. The store is planned along Dellwood Drive. Called the ALDI first addition, the approval came with condition of providing 7 feet of right-of-way on Golf Course Drive. The city's planning commission recommended the 7 feet of right-of-way be reflected in the plans before the plat is recorded.
BAXTER - Motorists turning a corner along Excelsior Road expressed surprise at the altered landscape as trees were clear-cut near the Conservation Drive intersection. The trees - west of the turn to the Paul Bunyan State Trailhead parking lot and the Northland Arboretum - were removed to make way for the expansion of the senior living options along Excelsior Road. Northern Lakes Senior Living is going up next to Arbor Glenn and Autumn Glenn Apartments.
BAXTER - A major renovation is transforming Super One Foods. Nearly every aspect of the store is changing, from the way the aisles flow, to the checkout counters to freezer displays. Grocery departments are moving within the store. And for a first in the company's history, a liquor store will be under the same roof. For shoppers, Super One Foods will offer an entirely new experience. While the store hasn't grown beyond its original footprint, it seems much larger.
BAXTER - Assessments for the 2015 Isle Drive extension project were approved by the Baxter City Council Tuesday night. The council awarded the Isle Drive extension project to RL Larson Excavating for $4,395,409. Attorney Jim Gammello, Essentia Health's legal counsel, said they were not opposed to the project but were opposed to the assessment and were disappointed in not being given an analysis for the amount. Speaking during open forum, Gammello addressed the council, noting it was a matter they discussed in more detail at a special Monday night meeting.
CROSBY - The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Governing Board convened a closed session Monday night for attorney-client privilege but declined to provide any further description of what was to be discussed. Doctors and medical staff, residents and current and former employees once again filled the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) board room with about 35 people lined up along the wall next to the board table. With the update on operations, the board noted the employee survey will be going out in June.
Well-behaved, trained and with an obvious sweet nature, the yellow Lab was more than hoped for after her new owners picked her up from the rescue shelter. The dog's photo on the animal rescue group's website led a Brainerd couple to the idea of opening their home and hearts to another dog. The Schwens lost their 12-year Lab named Kali to kidney disease just before Christmas. They traveled to southern Minnesota to the K9 Rescue and Rehoming facility in Cokato.
BAXTER - With the start to summer fast approaching, Baxter is looking at what repairs the city needs at its parks and potential changes in the future. The city council recently approved spending for needed repairs this year as recommended by the Parks and Trails Commission. At the popular and heavily used Oscar Kristofferson Park, the city agreed to make the minimal pavilion repairs this year to make the structure safe and to look at possibly replacing the pavilion in 2016. The Oscar Kristofferson Park pavilion was built in 1981 with a life expectancy of 30 years.
Visitors to Gregory Park in north Brainerd have been doing more than enjoying the park. Last year, vandals cost more than $3,000 in damage. "We've had an increase in vandalism the past few years," said Tony Sailer, Brainerd Parks and Recreation director. "Last summer someone tried to burn down the warming house, which was more than $2,000 in repairs. There is constant damage to the bandstand." This spring someone ripped all out outlets out of the bandstand and tried to kick in the warming hour doors.