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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Paul Koering hasn't been actively campaigning for the auditor-treasurer position. Whether Koering will serve if elected remains unclear. He said he's going to have to take a look at it when he sees the election outcome. "I'm going to have to cross that bridge when I get to it," he said. Koering said he wouldn't speculate about the future and what decision he'll make - whether to accept the position or not if he wins. "I think I have to wait to be in that position," Koering said. "I'm on the ballot. I'm going to continue on. I'd be honored to have people vote for me.
BAXTER - A proposed Isle Drive extension project involving residential and business assessments had those affected wondering if the benefit would equal the assessments. The south Isle Drive extension, utility and road project will link Baxter's south commercial district and growing medical facilities district from Glory Road to Highland Scenic Drive and Highway 371. "I don't know where I am going to get the money to pay for this. If I seem concerned I am. ...
Mark Liedl, candidate for Crow Wing County recorder, believes in striving for consistency and efficiency, a customer service focus and combining departments. Restaurant owner Liedl said the same principles apply whether it's a burger or a government service - provide a quality product or service, provide it consistently and do it as efficiently as possible. In government, Liedl said it's even more imperative because it's someone else's money. "It's giving taxpayers the best value for their dollar," Liedl said.
Doug Hansen is a believer in continuous improvement, an elected recorder's office and in leading by example. The candidate for the Crow Wing County recorder's office has taken a lead role in the county's Lean Continuous Improvement Program for three years. When he became deputy recorder for Crow Wing County in 2013, Hansen said he focused on eliminating waste and wait times. The end result is streamlining to give the customer faster service by being more efficient, he said. "That drops down to costs," Hansen said, adding the county board is charging departments to be more efficient.
Since opening its doors, MaxBotix had an ambitious goal to double in sales annually. The technology company, ensconced on expansive grounds of a former equestrian center south of Brainerd, didn't always make the doubling goal but when it didn't it was close.
BAXTER - Expect work on the Woida Road, Wildflower and Franklin drives project to continue into November. The Baxter City Council approved an extension and noted more delays could be forthcoming because of a cement shortage affecting the region. Original plans were for a substantial completion of the project by Oct. 24 and full completion by Halloween. The council approved an extension recommended by consulting engineer Aric Welch, Widseth Smith Nolting. Welch recommended extending the substantially complete date to Nov. 7 with the final date of Nov.
BAXTER - The mobile food truck universe just expanded in Baxter. Barefoot Burrito will operate at the Baxter Liquor Mart on Dellwood drive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. up to two days per week through year's end. The Baxter City Council approved the permit Tuesday. Barefoot Burrito owner/operator Nathan Topp reported the business offers tacos, burritos, burrito bowls with beef, chicken, pork or fish, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Grand View Lodge is the Business Excellence Award winner BREEZY POINT - Representing an entrepreneurial spirit and business achievements, Grand View Lodge is the winner of the third annual Business Excellence Award. The choice from three finalists was named during the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's annual dinner hosted at Breezy Point Resort. Brent Gunsbury, Business Excellence Award chairman, said before the award was created there wasn't a way to recognize outstanding business, which can inspire other organizations to take significant risks to achieve the American dream.
BAXTER - When he was a boy, one of Bob Brekken's jobs was dusting the fedora hats on the shelves in his family's men's wear store. Long before big box stores and indoor malls, downtown Brainerd was a choice spot for shoppers. Everything was there. In men's wear alone there were three to four shops vying for business. It was a time when a suit and tie was an everyday event. Brekken's Clothiers was born in 1954 on Laurel and South Sixth streets. The store is celebrating its 60th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct.
A birth center is opening near Milaca, one of six in the state. A New Story Birth Center is being opened by Debbie Sahlstrom, a certified professional midwife and registered nurse. It also has a Brainerd connection. Sahlstrom is a certified natural health professional and a craniosacral therapist. The birth center is hosting an open house from 1-5 p.m. Oct.