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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Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Koering is running for county auditor-treasurer. Koering has two years left on his commissioner’s term. He said he decided to run after incumbent Laureen Borden...
BAXTER — Residents were asked for their input on a multi-million dollar planned extension of Isle Drive in south Baxter that could be completed in 2015. Mayor Darrel Olson said...
The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is making the leap to the other side of the Mississippi River this August.
Flood waters have fallen across the state with no rivers listed in flood stage as of Friday. The only river in the region near flood stage was the Mississippi River at Aitkin. But if the river’s levels continue to fall as predicted, Aitkin will be dropped below “near flood” levels this weekend. Friday, the river at Aitkin was measured at 11.1 feet with the “near flood” stage initiated at 11 feet and minor flooding at 12 feet. Just two other areas were listed in the near flood stage in Minnesota, the St. Croix River at Stillwater and the Crow River at Delano.
Trends in health insurance may have employers moving away from covering families. Tami Laska, Crow Wing County human resources director, reported recent input on health insurance trends. Employers may move to covering a worker only or adding children but not spouses who can be covered by their own workplace or on an exchange. It’s all in effort to reduce costs.
■ The road so far A feasibility study of the street and utility project was completed in 2005. It was updated in 2012. Residents on Wildflower and Franklin petitioned the city for road surface improvements two years ago.
Emails will be sent to commissioners asking for feedback if a third party requests a letter of support related to a grant application. The Tuesday decision at the Crow Wing County Board meeting came in the aftermath of a recent committee session where commissioners were unable to come to consensus on a dollar limit. In that case, Community Services wasn’t included in a grant application because of time constraint between board meetings.
BAXTER — After years of consideration, numerous meetings and hours of discussion, Baxter City Council members voted 4-0 in favor of a multi-million dollar street project affecting about 70 property owners. “I’m surprised this place isn’t packed,” Franklin Drive resident Tim Wright said. Wright said after looking at his assessment and the decreased value of his home it’s disturbing to take 25 percent of his home’s value in an assessment for city water, sewer and a paved road.
A speed study is in the works for Highway 48. The highway, also known as Highland Scenic Drive, curves south of Perch Lake connecting Highway 210 in west Baxter to Fourth Street Southwest in Brainerd. Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom said a resident contacted her about the need for a speed study, expressing concern for the speed of vehicles in a busy corridor. Nystrom said no one has called her about the road in a long time. Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said the last time a speed study was done on Highland Scenic Drive was in 1989.
A sparse gathering at the Crow Wing County Board’s Tuesday meeting spoke volumes to Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom. “It’s outstanding this room is mostly empty this morning compared to that packed, angry, concerned angry people,” Nystrom said, adding whatever happened it’s been resolved to a great outcome. Last September, a standing room only crowd filled the county board room on the third floor of the historic courthouse.