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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High-speed Internet access is as necessary for economic growth and quality of life as electricity. That was the repeated message at a Wednesday roundtable discussion in Brainerd led by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who announced two broadband Internet access grants in the region. The access grants represented $2.53 million for central Minnesota communities. Those grants, matched by private investment from Consolidated Telecommunications Co.
BAXTER - Candidates for the vacant Baxter mayor position may submit letters of interest. That was the consensus from the Baxter City Council Tuesday night. During a workshop session, the council looked at options to appoint a mayor. Two options before the council were to appoint someone to be mayor or advertise the vacancy. If advertising for the mayor's post, suggested deadlines included Feb. 20 for a letter of interest from prospective candidates, a Feb. 24 interview and appointment.
BAXTER - Students with mild to moderate disabilities will be able to work with Baxter's Parks and Trails Division for soft skills employment training. Tuesday, the city's Parks and Trails Division sought approval to participate in Central Lakes College (CLC) Occupational Skills Program. Through the program, a supervised student would work with Parks and Trails Tuesdays and Thursdays now through May 12.
Four people suffered injuries in a Monday night crash, which shut down parts of Highway 371 and stopped train traffic through Baxter. The multi-vehicle crash was reported at 9:40 p.m. Monday just north of the train tracks and south of the intersection of highways 371 and 210. The BNSF Railway was notified to stop trains as a precaution as rescue personnel, law enforcement from Brainerd, Baxter and the Minnesota State Patrol, firefighters and ambulance crews worked at the scene. Brainerd Fire Capt.
Small business training, staff development are part of the Brainerd lakes chamber's new look, new logo and new location. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce has been busy.
Branches no doubt were lovely at one time, but now those crumpled evergreen bodies at the side of the city streets are looking a little dated. Some residents in North Brainerd missed the first cut-off for Christmas tree recycling collections. Waste Management reported the last tree collection was the week of Dec. 29 when trees were still standing in living rooms.
Not surprisingly in a region with seasonal employment, the jobless rates rose between November and December across the lakes region. But unemployment rates across the seven-county area are not as high as a year ago at this time. The test may be later this winter to see if this is the first season since 2006 to have single-digit unemployment across all seven counties. Current numbers still pale in comparison to jobless numbers in 2009.
CROSBY - About 30 people stood silently around a long table of the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Governing board Monday night unsure if they'd able to speak. But before the meeting was over several had the opportunity to voice concerns about staffing levels, difficult working conditions and the level of care, particularly in CRMC's Care Center.
When two moms - both reading advocates - struggled to find books reflecting their own children they decided to do something to make a difference. Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen co-founded the nonprofit Multicultural Children's Book Day. The second annual event, to celebrate diversity in children's books, is Tuesday. The event's project manager is Becky Flansburg of Baxter, freelance writer, blogger and social media virtual assistant. Flansburg met Budayr at a conference in Minneapolis.
MCI Carpet One plans to remodel and expand its showroom on Edgewood Drive in Baxter. MCI Carpet One is moving into space vacated with RadioShack's Dec. 31 closing. Previously the two businesses shared space in the building, which is just off Highway 371. MCI Carpet One, which has flooring, window treatments and decor, has been at that location since 2012. The expansion is slated to begin Feb. 1.