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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BAXTER - Before Baxter City Council members began discussions on the last meeting agenda of the year, Mayor Darrel Olson singled out three people for recognition for elected service. Council members Rob Moser and Jim Klein did not run for re-election and were recognized for their years of service to the city. Their terms expire at year's end. In addition, Rep.
Now when Cade Villwock takes to the ice with his hockey team, his dad is able to see him skate thanks to renovations creating an entirely new look and feel at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. His dad Scott Villwock, stricken with Huntington's disease, has used a wheelchair for the past two years. The family loves hockey, both its pace and teamwork. It gives them a way to embrace winter. Cade, now 11, has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. His sister, Quin, 12, also plays pond hockey.
BAXTER - Last year, the city started looking for a new water well source requiring less treatment. Such a well would also lower operating costs. The city contracted Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) to test and analyze water from the city's four existing wells. Samples were also taken from three deep water residential wells. The residential well testing to both the south and east areas of the water treatment plant didn't provide a strong indication of an aquifer of the quality desired. The residential wells sampled were a little shallower than the city's wells, which are at the 130-foot depth.
BAXTER - A personnel policy was amended to allow Baxter city employees to participate in a health care savings plan. The city council approved establishing a health care savings plan with the Minnesota State Retirement System for eligible employees. Employees contribute 100 percent of eligible sick leave severance for deposit in the Health Care Savings Plan and 100 percent of vacation severance upon resignation or retirement.
BAXTER - Street projects dominated a Baxter City Council workshop session Tuesday night. Public hearings on Excelsior Road and Briarwood Lane will give property owners a chance to learn more about the projects and what assessments may be. The city council received the feasibility report for the proposed Briarwood Lane improvement project prepared by Widseth Smith Nolting and set a public hearing on the matter at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and set a hearing on Excelsior Road at 6:30 p.m. Jan.
BAXTER - Almost 29 years to the day since a family business opened its doors inside the Westgate Mall, the independent sportswear business is planning to close. Mar-Jons Sportswear opened in the mall the week before Christmas in 1985. Clem Belcher spent 29 years with Sears before opening his store and naming it for his two sons - Mark and Jon. The family's roots were in the farm communities of Jackson and Windom in southwestern Minnesota before they made the move to lake country. The business grew in the mall, which itself was just a couple of months old and seeking tenants.
While the Brainerd lakes area has experienced a brown Christmas in the past, don't put money on it this year. It's true, compared to November's unseasonal chill the recent mild days are notable. This November averaged 8 degrees colder than normal. The forecast for this week indicated the pendulum was swinging the other way with a 45 degree day possible at week's end or during the weekend. And it still may come close to those numbers. Saturday, Dec. 13, may still reach a high of 41 during the day and climb during the night to 43 degrees by 5 a.m.
Minnesotans don't have many opportunities to see professional tennis players without leaving the state, but that's about to change — at least for one night in April. The PowerShares Series Tennis Champions is coming to Minneapolis on April 29 at the Target Center. Scheduled to appear are Andy Roddick, James Blake, John McEnroe and Michael Chang. McEnroe won the PowerShares Series last year behind Blake. "It was a lot of fun. I think it says McEnroe is still playing great," Blake said during a news conference on the series this week.
Alco is closing its stores across the nation, including the ones in Pine River and Long Prairie. John Wetrosky, Pine River Chamber of Commerce executive director, has been following the news for some time. There were early hints Alco may be able to sell its stores as court filings by the store noting potential buyers were approached. Recently Alco announced it was going out of business after 113 years and liquidating. The retail chain was founded in Kansas and is now headquartered in Coppell, Texas. The store filed Chapter 11.
Shoppers have a multitude of options to start the annual shopping season and, by the looks of it, they were taking advantage of them. Retailers report big gains in online sales this year. Black Friday has extended into a multi-day event. Whether it was the unseasonable single-digit weather or the dinner hour opening by some stores on Thanksgiving, there weren't large lines at area retailers, at least early in the afternoon. About 20 people were in line at Best Buy in Baxter about 1:30 p.m. and roughly the same number at Target by 3:30 p.m.