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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Since opening its doors, MaxBotix had an ambitious goal to double in sales annually. The technology company, ensconced on expansive grounds of a former equestrian center south of Brainerd, didn't always make the doubling goal but when it didn't it was close.
BAXTER - Expect work on the Woida Road, Wildflower and Franklin drives project to continue into November. The Baxter City Council approved an extension and noted more delays could be forthcoming because of a cement shortage affecting the region. Original plans were for a substantial completion of the project by Oct. 24 and full completion by Halloween. The council approved an extension recommended by consulting engineer Aric Welch, Widseth Smith Nolting. Welch recommended extending the substantially complete date to Nov. 7 with the final date of Nov.
BAXTER - The mobile food truck universe just expanded in Baxter. Barefoot Burrito will operate at the Baxter Liquor Mart on Dellwood drive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. up to two days per week through year's end. The Baxter City Council approved the permit Tuesday. Barefoot Burrito owner/operator Nathan Topp reported the business offers tacos, burritos, burrito bowls with beef, chicken, pork or fish, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Grand View Lodge is the Business Excellence Award winner BREEZY POINT - Representing an entrepreneurial spirit and business achievements, Grand View Lodge is the winner of the third annual Business Excellence Award. The choice from three finalists was named during the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's annual dinner hosted at Breezy Point Resort. Brent Gunsbury, Business Excellence Award chairman, said before the award was created there wasn't a way to recognize outstanding business, which can inspire other organizations to take significant risks to achieve the American dream.
BAXTER - When he was a boy, one of Bob Brekken's jobs was dusting the fedora hats on the shelves in his family's men's wear store. Long before big box stores and indoor malls, downtown Brainerd was a choice spot for shoppers. Everything was there. In men's wear alone there were three to four shops vying for business. It was a time when a suit and tie was an everyday event. Brekken's Clothiers was born in 1954 on Laurel and South Sixth streets. The store is celebrating its 60th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.
A birth center is opening near Milaca, one of six in the state. A New Story Birth Center is being opened by Debbie Sahlstrom, a certified professional midwife and registered nurse. It also has a Brainerd connection. Sahlstrom is a certified natural health professional and a craniosacral therapist. The birth center is hosting an open house from 1-5 p.m. Oct.
NISSWA - Grand View Lodge in Nisswa is embracing technology as a way to enhance the guest experience and to help the work force behind the scenes. Grand View's use of technology, community involvement and service, commitment to both the resort and its employees were all part of being chosen as a finalist for the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Business Excellence Award. "The Governor's Fishing Opener, of course, was a huge component because we earned $2.6 million in media coverage over that event for the whole Brainerd lakes area, which is one of the largest that they've done," said Frank Soukup II
BAXTER - Not that long ago, starting a cold vehicle using a touch screen on a smartphone from a warm interior was a futuristic idea. Now that's just an everyday event at Sound Connection. Technology is changing the way people interact with their vehicles for increased comfort and safety. Sound Connection, a self-described vehicle enhancement facility, is based on the link between people and vehicles. While its origins in audio equipment is still a significant part of the mix, it isn't the whole picture. Safety enhancements. Creature comforts. Passenger entertainment.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against a Texas company - Apex Merchant Group LLC - for using "bait and switch" tactics through which it promised small businesses it could save them money on credit card processing services, then hit them with higher undisclosed fees. In some cases, Apex fraudulently altered the terms of signed contracts by later inserting new pages into the contract that contained higher rates and/or cancellation fees not agreed to by the small business, locking them into long-term contracts. "Small businesses employ over half of our employees a
Widseth Smith Nolting is expanding through a merger as Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc., a firm that began in Austin and expanded to Rochester. Kevin Donnay, president of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) said the addition allows WSN to broaden its range of services and opens opportunities in a growing market. "I selected the firm I most respect and feel will best serve my clients from the past 63 years of my father's and my practice," David Kane stated. The merger, which brings the Rochester-based architectural firm into the WSN fold, was finalized Oct. 1.