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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After serving on Baxter's city commissions putting city plans into action, Rock Yliniemi is looking for greater involvement in forming city policy. The 48-year-old businessman filed for a Baxter City Council position on Friday. Chairman of the Baxter Utilities Commission, Yliniemi also serves on the city's long range planning commission and the Crow Wing County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment. Yliniemi is president and co-owner of Brainerd Homes. He said an interest in plans, specs and engineering were part of what drew him to the utilities commission. He's served there since 1999.
Brainerd's jobless rate ticked up just slightly between May and June rising from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent but Crow Wing County's numbers were unchanged. Still Brainerd hasn't posted two months with an unemployment rate hovering at 8 percent since the summer of 2007. In the past seven years, there have been 12 singular months where the Brainerd unemployment dropped into single digits. The Great Recession officially began in December of 2007.
An 18-year city resident is seeking a spot on the Baxter City Council. For Steve Barrows, this is a first-time run for the council. "We have a wonderful community out here," Barrows said, adding he is willing to listen to residents and to work to reach positive outcomes, which he knows are sometimes difficult. "I'm committed to doing my best and to learn," Barrows said.
A champion of social justice and tireless volunteer in the Brainerd lakes area died Saturday. Dorothy Wick Janes was 101. Born Feb. 12, 1913, she shared a birthday with her twin brother Tom and Abraham Lincoln. Janes died Saturday afternoon in her apartment in Coventry Senior Living in Mahtomedi. Formerly she made her home in East Gull Lake. Last year as she approached the century mark, she had clear memories and remained an engaging conversationalist. She was an athlete, a diver, swimmer and track runner.
BAXTER - Residents on Eagle Ridge Drive and Eagle Drive may benefit from an extension of services across city lines. Baxter Public Works Director Trevor Walter said Brainerd Public Utilities had no problem exploring a Baxter connection to the sanitary sewer line. In addition, Brainerd Public Utilities noted it has an 8-inch water line off Highway 48, or Highland Scenic Drive, that could bring water to all the homes on the adjacent Eagle Drive and Eagle Ridge Drive. Walter recommended looking at both options and costs of connecting to Baxter's system on the north side of Highway 48 or to Bra
BAXTER - Costs for Falcon Drive were about 40 percent higher than the engineer's estimate. Kevin Wernberg, Widseth Smith Nolting office manager in Baxter, reported everything across the board was higher than the estimate but they'll have to drill down further to find specific trends. The bids were opened Tuesday morning with information shared with the Baxter City Council that night. The plan is to improve Falcon Drive from the intersection with Isle Drive to the north. The engineer's estimate was $124,535. The city received two bids.
BAXTER - Dry land at Johnson's Mini-Storage is now just a fraction higher than the surface elevation of a nearby wetland and a solution may involve Baxter, Brainerd, the state and a beaver family unaware of a possible eviction. Regular and heavy rains this spring and summer have groundwater lurking just below the surface and full wetlands. Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) prepared an Edgewood Drive stormwater study for the city.
BAXTER - One of the last remaining gravel streets in the city may gain from city participation to lower the assessments on paving costs. But city officials want to hear what residents think of the cost sharing before decisions are made. At issue is Briarwood Lane in the city's Southdale section. Briarwood Lane runs by large residential lots of 2.5 acres. There are three homes and two empty lots with the one side dominated by wetlands and a city lot. "So you have one side that's really non-assessable," said Trevor Walter, public works director. "...
CROSBY – Will the economic future of the Cuyuna Range be made in returning to mining, or in a growing recreation industry? Can the two co-exist? This summer, the two came head-to-head during an at times tumultuous meeting to introduce the idea of bringing mining back to the Cuyuna Range. For the people who have invested both time and money into the growing mountain bike trail system in the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area, the idea was startling. For Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.
After selling their medical supply business after 15 years, Julie LaValle said retirement wasn't that appealing. It was downright boring. Where the road led next wasn't what she expected. "I never would have thought I would do a thrift store," she said. But that's just what happened. Julie and Dennis LaValle opened their store - The Mercantile - on July 1.