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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Some residents worry a scenic drive around Round Lake will be lost if a reconstruction project moves forward in the future. Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said the deteriorating road needs to be updated to address safety and pedestrian traffic. At issue is a 30-year-old roadbed that has residents and Crow Wing County staff with opposing views. Both agree the pavement is deteriorating. Reconstructing the road isn't on the county's list of planned projects for the next five years.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species received a long-awaited infusion of dollars to fuel the fight. For years, Crow Wing County struggled with the idea of paying to fight aquatic invasive species (AIS) and debated whether it should approve plans for lakeshore residents who asked to be able to tax themselves to pay for it. The job of protecting public waters for tourism, eco-systems and fishing, board members said, should be spearheaded by the DNR. Lake association members said waiting for that to happen would be too late.
Offering more in-depth history of parcel data, previously difficult to reproduce because of high demands on staff time, is expected to benefit by a data conversion tool. Crow Wing County commissioners heard Tuesday a new option is expected to provide on-demand history of parcel data, more detailed than currently available.
BAXTER – Shoe Sensation opened its fourth store in the state in the Westgate Mall. This week the store hosted its grand opening.
BAXTER – A sidewalk linking Edgewood Drive businesses - hotels to retail stores and restaurants - has support but Baxter City Council members suggested it would be tough to fit now even with a shoehorn. A sidewalk may make the most sense in front of businesses along Edgewood Drive, the service or frontage street to the west of Highway 371.
The news this week came on the jobs front with 10,300 jobs added in Minnesota in May. Since January of 2011, the state gained 154,300 jobs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) reported all jobs lost in the Great Recession were regained with thousands more added. Highlights from the state's jobs report included. • Minnesota's unemployment rate of 4.6 percent means the state's jobless rate is at its lowest point in seven years. The county and large city jobless rates haven't been released yet to get a closer glimpse at area counties and Brainerd.
BAXTER - Baxter council members approved a request to consolidate two lots in the Noahs Addition. The lots are off Springwood Drive, north of Clearwater Road in the Whipple Beach area. The area was platted for 18 lots and was developed with the city's program of "build a lot, save a lot." The program accommodated development in areas without service. Residents could put up a house on one lot and the other lot provide room for the septic system.
BAXTER – A Verizon Wireless tower was approved for construction in Baxter at the Johnson Mini-storage facility off Edgewood Drive. The Baxter City Council approved the request Tuesday. The 149-foot tower is one foot shorter than Baxter's ordinance allows for maximum height. The plan is to locate the tower on the southwest side of the mini-storage facility and noted room was needed for an expansion for a fire lane. Council member Todd Holman noted residential areas may grow nearby and asked if this tower needed a light and if so, he recommended red instead of white.
BAXTER - With two office buildings going up on either side of a future Falcon Drive this summer, Baxter City Council members heard the plans and costs for the city street. The council approved the project after hosting a public hearing. No one from the public gathered for the Tuesday council meeting spoke at the hearing. A future Falcon Drive intersection will connect with Isle Drive, across from the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center. Trees have been cleared from the sites.
BAXTER – First National Bank in Jenkins is moving its building to Baxter to the former Integra site at the corner of Clearwater Road and Edgewood Drive. The move is creating a rare opportunity for firefighters to train in a commercial building before it is burned to the ground. Mayor Darrel Olson said Tuesday the city had a number of concerns when first learning of the training.