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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Kelly Wroolie was convinced he’d take a talent for trouble-shooting and a mechanical mind to craft an invention. Now the lakes area resident has a patent to prove it. And with Memorial Day weekend giving the traditional Minnesota assurance that frost is a thing of the past, gardeners will be putting out tender plants in hopes of bountiful vegetables or pleasant blossoms.
BAXTER — Virtual assistants offer office support for everything from creating mailing lists to creating and delivering Power Point presentations. Tessa Hall, owner of Lakes Area Virtual Assistant in Brainerd, says she can work on tasks for companies without needing them to provide her a desk or benefits. Clients may need individual projects completed or ongoing assignments. Hall started her business in order to be a stay-at-home mom with her young daughter. She educated herself and took online training on all the aspects of starting her own virtual assistant business.
BAXTER — A business incubator is hoping to attract entrepreneurs, start-ups and home-based companies. Scott Hall sees his creation as a place where people can brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other, and even help each other as they grow. Consider it the place fledgling companies may grown after leaving their birth places in the family garage. “I’ve had this idea for years,” Hall said.
Work has begun on the Dollar Tree site in Baxter. Dollar Tree previously received a conditional use permit from the city of Baxter to locate a new store on the east side of the Westport Mall. The development, at 14087 Baxter Dr., was requested by Baxter Development Group. According to plans previously filed with the city, the 16 pine trees along the property boundaries on the east side of the mall will be removed. Earth-moving equipment was also engaged at Isle Drive near the future Falcon Drive intersection for the McDermott Professional Center with a dental clinic.
BAXTER — Memorial Day weekend begins the summer season and with it an influx of traffic for the region. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said seasonal influx brings in more traffic and speeders. “We live in an area everyone wants to be,” Dahl told the Baxter City Council during one of his updates to the city on Tuesday. Everyone knows Brainerd and Baxter, Dahl said.
Crow Wing County commissioners were pressed to find common ground this week. At issue was whether staff could submit letters of support to receive grant money when the timeline made it impossible to get board approval first.
BAXTER — Smooth traffic flow at the Golf Course and Excelsior Drive intersection in Baxter will be improved by a signal light or a roundabout but the question is which will work better to handle the vehicles 10 years from now. Baxter City Council members questioned whether a single-lane roundabout would fit on the developed corner’s footprint with commercial businesses nearby.
Replacing the general aviation building at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport is one of the changes being considered for the future. Jeff Wig, airport manager, gave an update on airport operations to Crow Wing County commissioners. The airport is jointly owned by the county and the city of Brainerd.
Sixty-one special use deeds will expire at year’s end in Crow Wing County. The deeds are for public land across the county — the fairgrounds, landfills, airport, playgrounds, city parks, baseball diamonds and Brainerd School District’s athletic fields.
BAXTER — A food truck ordinance needs a little more time on the burner. After running through a draft during a workshop session, the council had the option of adopting its first mobile food vending ordinance Tuesday. Additional questions were raised on specific items, including hours of operation, how many times a week a mobile food vendor could operate at a site, catering or special events versus food truck operations and displays. Council consensus was to wait a little longer to tweak a few things.