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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Watching the space age living of "The Jetsons" seemed incredible. The family phone calls included a screen in the home where they could sit and talk and see each other at the same time. Amazing. A robot did things around the house. People traveled on moving sidewalks. Today's technology is changing how Americans live in equally amazing ways. The Hanna-Barbera cartoon debuted in 1962, airing in primetime and episodes are still available online and DVD.
Numbers of those in the labor force without jobs dipped into shallows not seen in the area in nine years. Crow Wing County's lowest unemployment rate in 2014 was 4.1 percent in October, matching lows in the community in 2006. Jobless numbers across the counties rose in November, which is typical for the seasonal nature of the region. When the year started, Cass and Mille Lacs counties were still hitting double-digit unemployment. Aitkin, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties all ranged between 7 to 9.6 percent at the start of the year.
Warm winter temperatures are creating havoc for outdoor ice rinks. Just when students are off from school, the warm-up into the upper 30s and even 40s destroyed the progress the cities were making to open the rinks. "We were close to being ready for skating," said Tony Sailer, Brainerd Parks and Recreation director, adding the well-used rink at Gregory Park in north Brainerd was supposed to be open last Monday. As temperatures warmed, snow-covered melted revealing green grass. "We are back down to dirt," Sailer said of the ice rink. "We will start flooding again Friday.
With mere hours left before Christmas last minute shoppers looking for meaningful gifts still have options. Whether it's a desire to add to traditional gift-giving, to find an alternative, or to expand a child's sense of Christmas beyond the commercial, there are ways to put an emphasis on the spirit of the day. Gifts that don't fit a regular box There are many options for non-traditional gifts with a bonus of making gift-giver and receiver feel the joy of the season while helping a complete stranger find a better life.
With the countdown to Christmas down to a couple of day, retailers are pulling out the stops to lure consumers. Extended hours, sales and specials are all on the table. Kohl's extended store hours to be open 24 hours a day leading up to Christmas. Other stores are opening early or closing late as shoppers rush to get their lists complete as time runs short. And J.C Penney brought out a keepsake not typically seen after Black Friday.
BAXTER - Before Baxter City Council members began discussions on the last meeting agenda of the year, Mayor Darrel Olson singled out three people for recognition for elected service. Council members Rob Moser and Jim Klein did not run for re-election and were recognized for their years of service to the city. Their terms expire at year's end. In addition, Rep.
Now when Cade Villwock takes to the ice with his hockey team, his dad is able to see him skate thanks to renovations creating an entirely new look and feel at the Essentia Health Sports Center in Brainerd. His dad Scott Villwock, stricken with Huntington's disease, has used a wheelchair for the past two years. The family loves hockey, both its pace and teamwork. It gives them a way to embrace winter. Cade, now 11, has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. His sister, Quin, 12, also plays pond hockey.
BAXTER - Last year, the city started looking for a new water well source requiring less treatment. Such a well would also lower operating costs. The city contracted Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) to test and analyze water from the city's four existing wells. Samples were also taken from three deep water residential wells. The residential well testing to both the south and east areas of the water treatment plant didn't provide a strong indication of an aquifer of the quality desired. The residential wells sampled were a little shallower than the city's wells, which are at the 130-foot depth.
BAXTER - A personnel policy was amended to allow Baxter city employees to participate in a health care savings plan. The city council approved establishing a health care savings plan with the Minnesota State Retirement System for eligible employees. Employees contribute 100 percent of eligible sick leave severance for deposit in the Health Care Savings Plan and 100 percent of vacation severance upon resignation or retirement.
BAXTER - Street projects dominated a Baxter City Council workshop session Tuesday night. Public hearings on Excelsior Road and Briarwood Lane will give property owners a chance to learn more about the projects and what assessments may be. The city council received the feasibility report for the proposed Briarwood Lane improvement project prepared by Widseth Smith Nolting and set a public hearing on the matter at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 and set a hearing on Excelsior Road at 6:30 p.m. Jan.