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 - Flooding in the Forest Drive neighborhood has the Baxter City Council looking for solutions. The conundrum comes in trying to come up with solutions that work for as many homes as possible. Right now it has taken the city pumping day and night to the tune of a million to two million gallons of water a day to make a dent. The neighborhood is west of Gander Mountain. A wet spring and early summer filled yards and ditches in the Forest Drive area, which is just off Excelsior Road west of Highway 371.
BAXTER - With $3,867,100 in commercial construction value alone this spring, Baxter may be putting the Great Recession in the rear-view mirror. The spring of 2014 saw a rebirth with construction of an estimated market value of $9.1 million compared to $1.1 million in the spring of 2013. New residential homestead construction hit $1.9 million this spring compared to $265,500 in the spring of 2013. This spring, the city had $909,300 in non-homestead residential construction compared to $198,800 a year ago.
BAXTER - Whipple Beach's new picnic shelter with kitchen is set for a grand opening at 6 p.m.
Parade floats, tiaras, food, music and even the governor of Minnesota will all be part of the annual American celebration in the Brainerd lakes area. The traditional mix to mark America's Independence Day and the birth of the nation is planned. But there are a few new wrinkles for this year. Construction activity at the Brainerd High School athletic field this summer means a few venue changes, but the American celebration in the Brainerd lakes area should benefit from a welcome - make that dry - forecast. It's such a capital Fourth of July celebration in the Brainerd lakes area, even Gov.
Some residents worry a scenic drive around Round Lake will be lost if a reconstruction project moves forward in the future. Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said the deteriorating road needs to be updated to address safety and pedestrian traffic. At issue is a 30-year-old roadbed that has residents and Crow Wing County staff with opposing views. Both agree the pavement is deteriorating. Reconstructing the road isn't on the county's list of planned projects for the next five years.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species received a long-awaited infusion of dollars to fuel the fight. For years, Crow Wing County struggled with the idea of paying to fight aquatic invasive species (AIS) and debated whether it should approve plans for lakeshore residents who asked to be able to tax themselves to pay for it. The job of protecting public waters for tourism, eco-systems and fishing, board members said, should be spearheaded by the DNR. Lake association members said waiting for that to happen would be too late.
Offering more in-depth history of parcel data, previously difficult to reproduce because of high demands on staff time, is expected to benefit by a data conversion tool. Crow Wing County commissioners heard Tuesday a new option is expected to provide on-demand history of parcel data, more detailed than currently available.
BAXTER – Shoe Sensation opened its fourth store in the state in the Westgate Mall. This week the store hosted its grand opening.
BAXTER – A sidewalk linking Edgewood Drive businesses - hotels to retail stores and restaurants - has support but Baxter City Council members suggested it would be tough to fit now even with a shoehorn. A sidewalk may make the most sense in front of businesses along Edgewood Drive, the service or frontage street to the west of Highway 371.
The news this week came on the jobs front with 10,300 jobs added in Minnesota in May. Since January of 2011, the state gained 154,300 jobs. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) reported all jobs lost in the Great Recession were regained with thousands more added. Highlights from the state's jobs report included. • Minnesota's unemployment rate of 4.6 percent means the state's jobless rate is at its lowest point in seven years. The county and large city jobless rates haven't been released yet to get a closer glimpse at area counties and Brainerd.