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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The average Minnesota college student graduates with a debt load approaching $30,000. Whether a taxpayer, a student, an employer or a parent, the subject of financing and the future of higher education affects them all. That was part of the message during a Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government presentation Wednesday. "What you'll hear from us today really is sort of a tale of two cities. On the one hand Minnesota is really at a crossroads when it comes to higher education.
BAXTER - Extending Isle Drive will cost less than expected. Tuesday, the Baxter City Council met in a special session to review Isle Drive project bids. Five bids were received. Chuck Rickart, principal with WSB and Associates, told the council the lowest four bids were extremely close with two bids separated by about $2,300. The engineer's estimate for the project was $5,847,259. The lowest bid received was $4,395,409 from RL Larson Excavating Inc. of St. Cloud.
Universal pre-kindergarten across the state in addition to all-day kindergarten in Minnesota will give students what they need to hit the ground running, said Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius during a stop in Brainerd Thursday. "This is a game-changer," Cassellius said. "This is like a one-two-punch on the achievement gap." Cassellius said she thinks universal pre-kindergarten will take off the same way free all-day kindergarten did. Last year, the state began paying for all-day kindergarten as a way to give children a better start at school.
For travelers, few places may be so complex, so contradictory, so captivating as Cuba. After three trips to the island, Dr. David Boran, Brainerd physician and photographer, would like to go again. Cuba represents a different kind of frontier. It's not on the beaten path for travelers, particularly Americans, but that may be about to change. Purposely plain buildings stand next to ornate colonial-era structures dripping with architectural character. Cubans are still living with food rationing on an island just 100 miles from Florida.
BAXTER - Plans for an Excelsior Road construction project moved forward Thursday following a public hearing on proposed assessments. Scott Hedlund, senior project manager with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), provided an overview of the project and expected costs for the city and property owners. Excelsior Road in Baxter passes behind the Lakes 12 Theatre, runs by the Northland Arboretum and trailhead parking lot, past Arbor Glen and Autumn Glenn apartments and by Super One Foods.
BAXTER - Parking at certain events or sporting activities near Forestview Middle School may mean planning out a spot a little in advance. Tuesday, the Baxter City Council voted to restrict parking on Mapleton Road from Highland Scenic Drive (also known as Crow Wing County Highway 48) to Mountain Ash Drive.
CROSBY - The Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) agreed to form a group to put together a position statement from the board after hearing concerns from both community members and employees. Jolienne Lundquist, board vice chair who was acting chair in Roger Twigg's absence, said she's heard from many people and the common denominator with every single one is to make CRMC the best it can be. "I just want to assure all of you the entire board feels the exact same way and supports this organization," Lundquist said.
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.