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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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.
A veteran who said he was asked to leave an area restaurant because he was with his service dog said the experience was humiliating and he wants to raise awareness before it happens to someone else. Sara McCabe, manager at Iven's, said the incident - on a busy Friday night before the Fourth of July - rose from a miscommunication and the veteran wasn't refused service.
BAXTER - Whipple Beach now has another way for people to enjoy a Minnesota summer and time at the beach. The newly constructed 40-by-40-foot picnic shelter has a full indoor kitchen, seating for 80 and an outdoor grill. Last summer, the city's parks commission looked at park needs. Park dedication funds, which are fueled by developers and construction projects, were earmarked for the picnic shelter at the Whipple Beach recreation area and a pavillion at Berrywood Park. The Berrywood Park project is under construction.
Homeowners in the shoreland district will now be able to build bigger patios. Crow Wing County Board members voted Tuesday to increase the size from a maximum of 180 square feet to 250 square feet and allow up to 400 square feet with an approved stormwater management plan. Chris Pence, land services supervisor in environmental services, said the change came after interaction with Crosslake's shoreland management regulations.
Development of the Milford Mine Memorial Park, site of Minnesota's worst mining disaster, just moved a lot closer to providing a full experience for visitors. The site, which has long languished with limited accessibility, gained from a Crow Wing County plan to do more than distantly remember the disaster that claimed 41 miners lives. A multi-phase plan was created. First steps put in a road and parking area, a rustic canoe or kayak launch and a picnic shelter.
A program to help inmates find jobs and housing before they leave jail appears to be back on track. Last fall, the number of participating inmates in the Release Advance Planning (RAP) program dropped to three, with just one successfully entering the program. It was an about face for a program hailed as successfully helping released inmates from reoffending and returning to jail. A personnel change with Crow Wing County had a newly installed coordinator with a background in chemical dependency who discouraged inmates from using the program, steering them to halfway houses and treatment.
Terri Vail, the Cass Lake-Bena School Board member facing six felony theft charges, entered a guilty plea the day before a jury trial was to commence. Vail was charged with six felony theft counts with false representation and theft by swindle. Monday, Vail, 53, entered a guilty plea to felony theft by false representation. The Cass County court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Sept.
Crow Wing County is expanding its unwanted medications disposal program to Nisswa. The program allows people to drop off unused medications, either over the counter or prescription drugs.
EAST GULL LAKE - Lit up for the Fourth of July this week, Destiny Cruises' North Star yacht is giving residents and visitors alike another way to experience summer in the lakes area. Liz Diedrich, owner of Twin Cities-based research and marketing firm Diedrich RPM, first looked into the idea of a luxury motor yacht while putting together research for a client. After all, the boats are a familiar sight on Lake Minnetonka. But that isn't where Diedrich wanted to be.