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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Deborah Erickson will be Crow Wing County's next auditor-treasurer. "I'm very thankful and appreciative to the voters of Crow Wing County for showing confidence in me and I'm excited about the outcome and I'm looking forward to the coming years of serving and working with the county board and the organization to continue the excellence that we provide at the auditor-treasurer's office," Erickson said. Erickson served double duty this year, both in overseeing the election results in her deputy auditor-treasurer's role and as a candidate in her own right. Erickson had 14,104 votes or 58.38 pe
Deborah Erickson will be Crow Wing County's next auditor-treasurer. "I'm very thankful and appreciative to the voters of Crow Wing County for showing confidence in me and I'm excited about the outcome and I'm looking forward to the coming years of serving and working with the county board and the organization to continue the excellence that we provide at the auditor-treasurer's office," Erickson said. Erickson served double duty this year, both in overseeing the election results in her deputy auditor-treasurer's role and as a candidate in her own right. Erickson had 12,841 votes to Paul Koe
Quinn Nystrom and Steve Barrows will represent the city of Baxter as its newest council members. Nystrom, 28, who launched a largely social media campaign, received the most votes at 1,599. Barrows, who knocked on more than 1,500 doors in Baxter and put on more than 62 miles on his bike and 23 miles of walking, was next with 1,538. Challengers Rock Yliniemi received 1,262 votes and Tom Hice received 1,015. The four candidates were vying for two open seats. Incumbents Rob Moser and Jim Klein did not seek re-election.
Offices at the foot of one of Brainerd's most iconic structures open Monday with new purpose. The Breen & Person Law Office will officially open the doors for business in their new offices. Attorney Brad Person purchased the building at the base of the historic Brainerd water tower - at the corner of Washington and South Sixth streets - from the Brainerd Lakes Chamber. The city of Brainerd owns the water tower itself. After 25 years as building residents, the chamber and the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.
Firefighters from four lakes area departments worked through the early morning hours Saturday to save a small business. Grandpa's General Store, on County Road 3 just south of the Ossipee Road, was scorched but was saved from more extensive damage. Firefighters from Mission, Crosslake, Pequot Lakes and Nisswa fire departments worked to keep the flames from a fully engulfed home - just 15 feet from the business - from burning both structures. Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach said the home was a total loss but damage to the general store appeared to be contained to the exterior scorching.
Deborah Erickson, candidate for Crow Wing County auditor-treasurer, points to her experience as an asset for voters. Erickson started in the county assessor's office before moving to the auditor's office and working with longtime auditor Roy Luukkonen in areas of property taxes and elections. "Those are definitely assets," Erickson said. "Not only do I understand the property tax portion of it, I've dealt with the election process.
Paul Koering hasn't been actively campaigning for the auditor-treasurer position. Whether Koering will serve if elected remains unclear. He said he's going to have to take a look at it when he sees the election outcome. "I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I get to it," he said. Koering said he wouldn't speculate about the future and what decision he'll make - whether to accept the position or not if he wins. "I think I have to wait to be in that position," Koering said. "I'm on the ballot. I'm going to continue on. I'd be honored to have people vote for me.
BAXTER - A proposed Isle Drive extension project involving residential and business assessments had those affected wondering if the benefit would equal the assessments. The south Isle Drive extension, utility and road project will link Baxter's south commercial district and growing medical facilities district from Glory Road to Highland Scenic Drive and Highway 371. "I don't know where I am going to get the money to pay for this. If I seem concerned I am. ...
Mark Liedl, candidate for Crow Wing County recorder, believes in striving for consistency and efficiency, a customer service focus and combining departments. Restaurant owner Liedl said the same principles apply whether it's a burger or a government service - provide a quality product or service, provide it consistently and do it as efficiently as possible. In government, Liedl said it's even more imperative because it's someone else's money. "It's giving taxpayers the best value for their dollar," Liedl said.
Doug Hansen is a believer in continuous improvement, an elected recorder's office and in leading by example. The candidate for the Crow Wing County recorder's office has taken a lead role in the county's Lean Continuous Improvement Program for three years. When he became deputy recorder for Crow Wing County in 2013, Hansen said he focused on eliminating waste and wait times. The end result is streamlining to give the customer faster service by being more efficient, he said. "That drops down to costs," Hansen said, adding the county board is charging departments to be more efficient.