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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CROSBY - It was standing room only Monday night the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Governing Board Room, with people lined up along the walls of the board room and spilling into the hallway. Nearly a month after hearing concerns from residents and staff members during a governing board meeting, several people were given the opportunity to speak before the board.
Saturday, Feb. 14, will be Gary Scheeler's last day at his east Brainerd lawn and garden business. He's closing Brainerd Country Power Equipment, his Cub Cadet dealership, and retiring. Entering his 41st year in business, Scheeler said it was time to take a break while he was healthy enough to enjoy it. "I still want to be young enough to live that dream," he said. Scheeler came to Brained in 1994 from St. Cloud, buying a house here sight unseen from a photo on a real estate agent's wall.
Gregory Park's tennis courts - the twin courts on the north side - will have a new look, new surface and new court options this summer. But to get there, Tony Sailer, director at Brainerd Parks and Recreation, said donations are still needed. The cost of resurfacing and rebuilding the two tennis courts comes with a $56,270 price tag, that's about $14,730 less than initially expected. Sailer said the drop in oil prices helped in timing of the bid.
Gull Lake Glass is leaving its West Washington Street site to make way for the arrival of Dunkin' Donuts in Brainerd. Dunkin' Donuts is working through the design and building plan and approvals with the city's permit process. "We are definitely moving down the track," said Matt Johnson, who works with land and lease development out of the Hinckley-based office. Construction on the Dunkin' Donuts is anticipated in the late fall for a spring 2016 opening. While Gull Lake Glass reports it sold its Washington Street site for the doughnut shop, it will still serve customers from its main offic
BAXTER - Transportation was touted as a building block for economic development and quality of life, but one with numerous challenges. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., hosted a public forum on transportation needs Monday at Baxter City Hall. Representatives of Brainerd, Baxter, Crow Wing County, labor, business, trucking, safety and public transit were among those providing a broader picture of the area's transportation needs. "It's such an integral part of our ability to travel safely, to grow our businesses, create our jobs and have a healthy, safe, vibrant economy.
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.