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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Development of the Milford Mine Memorial Park, site of Minnesota's worst mining disaster, just moved a lot closer to providing a full experience for visitors. The site, which has long languished with limited accessibility, gained from a Crow Wing County plan to do more than distantly remember the disaster that claimed 41 miners lives. A multi-phase plan was created. First steps put in a road and parking area, a rustic canoe or kayak launch and a picnic shelter.
A program to help inmates find jobs and housing before they leave jail appears to be back on track. Last fall, the number of participating inmates in the Release Advance Planning (RAP) program dropped to three, with just one successfully entering the program. It was an about face for a program hailed as successfully helping released inmates from reoffending and returning to jail. A personnel change with Crow Wing County had a newly installed coordinator with a background in chemical dependency who discouraged inmates from using the program, steering them to halfway houses and treatment.
Terri Vail, the Cass Lake-Bena School Board member facing six felony theft charges, entered a guilty plea the day before a jury trial was to commence. Vail was charged with six felony theft counts with false representation and theft by swindle. Monday, Vail, 53, entered a guilty plea to felony theft by false representation. The Cass County court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Sept.
Crow Wing County is expanding its unwanted medications disposal program to Nisswa. The program allows people to drop off unused medications, either over the counter or prescription drugs.
EAST GULL LAKE - Lit up for the Fourth of July this week, Destiny Cruises' North Star yacht is giving residents and visitors alike another way to experience summer in the lakes area. Liz Diedrich, owner of Twin Cities-based research and marketing firm Diedrich RPM, first looked into the idea of a luxury motor yacht while putting together research for a client. After all, the boats are a familiar sight on Lake Minnetonka. But that isn't where Diedrich wanted to be.
Finally, summer has arrived. A string of consecutive days with temperatures pushing ever closer to the 90 degree mark, the lakes area can embrace summer in earnest. The recent warm-up comes on the heels of an early summer that has regularly been cooler than normal. Unsettled weather led to a lightning show early Sunday morning as storms rolled into the region.
Paradegoers packed areas of the route for the annual Brainerd/Baxter Fourth of July parade. The breeze, mid-70s and overcast skies made for comfortable parade watching.
Summer's earning power in the lakes area is on the front burner in July. The Fourth of July long holiday weekend brings people to the lakes area in droves - just watching the lines of traffic headed south on Sunday provides proof. For the next couple of years, the area will receive a bonus from an extended holiday weekend.
Brainerd's jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent in May, the lowest it's been in 78 months. It takes going back to November of 2007, a month before the Great Recession officially began, to find an unemployment rate that is close at 8.3 percent.
The counseling and therapy offices, actually three practices sharing office space under one roof, are hosting an open house from 3-6 p.m.