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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Unpack the snow shovel. A passing low pressure system may have the lakes area back to looking like winter with the first significant snowfall in weeks. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth issued a winter weather advisory from 9 a.m until 9 p.m. today. The most intense snowfall is expected late morning through early afternoon, the weather service reported. Motorists are advised they will likely face deteriorating conditions with widespread snow accumulations predicted of 3 inches to 5 inches.
Even when Travis Casey returns to the land of his birth he sometimes feels like an outsider. When Casey returned to the United States after years in the United Kingdom, he knew the trip back could provide plenty of fodder for a book. "Once I started the process I realized there would be a lot of material here," Casey said. The 52-year-old started writing light-hearted fiction while living in England. He began writing novels when the recession in England took a hard bite out of his property renovation work. Casey had already completed three books and was working on a fourth.
BAXTER - A unique wooded property linked to two lakes and the Mississippi River is giving the city of Baxter a chance to conserve the land. This week, the Baxter City Council learned Larry Helsene was interested in selling about 80 acres in southwest Baxter and wanted to give the city the first chance. Josh Doty, community development director, said the land represents a unique area of the city. The property, on Timber Ridge Drive, is across the Mississippi River from Crow Wing State Park.
A father and two small children escaped a burning home Thursday afternoon losing all their possessions in the fire. "I went to get my daughter from school and my husband was home with the two little kids," said Jacinta Hartwig. "And I came home and there was already flames coming out of the bedroom window." The family has three small children, ages 2, 5 and 7. The fire was reported just before 3 p.m.
Embracing a historic place with modern potential, Aimee Jobe is nothing if not enthusiastic when talking about plans for the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd. Too many people, she said, still envision a crumbling brick testament to a faded railroad heritage. That may have been an image two decades old, Jobe said, but it doesn't reflect what is happening right in the city. She said the NP Center isn't crumbling away, it's being reinvented. Jobe sees it with the potential to create a small community of small businesses. And it's far from empty now. The NP Center is home to 28 tenants.
High-speed Internet access is as necessary for economic growth and quality of life as electricity. That was the repeated message at a Wednesday roundtable discussion in Brainerd led by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who announced two broadband Internet access grants in the region. The access grants represented $2.53 million for central Minnesota communities. Those grants, matched by private investment from Consolidated Telecommunications Co.
BAXTER - Candidates for the vacant Baxter mayor position may submit letters of interest. That was the consensus from the Baxter City Council Tuesday night. During a workshop session, the council looked at options to appoint a mayor. Two options before the council were to appoint someone to be mayor or advertise the vacancy. If advertising for the mayor's post, suggested deadlines included Feb. 20 for a letter of interest from prospective candidates, a Feb. 24 interview and appointment.
BAXTER - Students with mild to moderate disabilities will be able to work with Baxter's Parks and Trails Division for soft skills employment training. Tuesday, the city's Parks and Trails Division sought approval to participate in Central Lakes College (CLC) Occupational Skills Program. Through the program, a supervised student would work with Parks and Trails Tuesdays and Thursdays now through May 12.
Four people suffered injuries in a Monday night crash, which shut down parts of Highway 371 and stopped train traffic through Baxter. The multi-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 p.m. Monday just north of the train tracks and south of the intersection of highways 371 and 210. The BNSF Railway was notified to stop trains as a precaution as rescue personnel, law enforcement from Brainerd, Baxter and the Minnesota State Patrol, firefighters and ambulance crews worked at the scene. Brainerd Fire Capt.
Small business training, staff development are part of the Brainerd lakes chamber's new look, new logo and new location. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce has been busy.