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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More money is now in the fight to keep invasive species from spreading across the lakes area but just how those dollars will be put to use is still being decided. The Legislature allocated $4.5 million in funding through county program aid to fight aquatic invasive species as of July. Crow Wing County expects to receive about 4.5 percent of the total, or $202,713, this year as of July 1 and $450,473 in 2015 and beyond. The state is designating dollars for each county based on the number of watercraft trailer launches and parking spaces.
LITTLE FALLS — Unveiling a painting of naval history took on an emotional tone Tuesday at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Outside the committal hall, crews were setting headstones. People walked quietly through the rows of grave markers on one of the first warm days of this spring. Bugle strains could be heard from nearby Camp Ripley, marking the end to the day.
SkyWarn spotters provide extra sets of eyes to give as much warning time as possible for dangerous storms. At a recent training in Brainerd, Kevin Huyck, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Duluth, said spotters save lives and prevent injuries. Training on how to recognize a tornado from other scary looking but non-lethal clouds is assisted with videos and by dissecting storm systems.
Mann Lake Ltd.’s bee day will be featured on a WCCO TV segment. Bill Hudson, WCCO TV reporter, and photojournalist Joe Berglove visited the Hackensack employer for a feature interview to air on WCCO TV, channel 4, at 10 p.m. May 20.
Refunding property tax dollars to a township because it has its own planning and zoning may seem like a trickle that could lead to a flood gate. At least that was part of the argument during Tuesday’s Crow Wing County Board meeting.
Discussion on a proposed change in Crow Wing County’s security system alarm ordinance brought out strong opinions Tuesday. At issue was a 2007 recommendation to add a fee for law enforcement response to false alarms. The sheriff’s department made the administrative decision to stop charging for false alarms years ago. Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede said he didn’t know the fee went away because the county operated with it for a number of years.
What will items in a time capsule tell people about the summer of 2014 a century from now? This June, Brainerd is celebrating the centennial of city hall. Brainerd City Council member Mary Koep said when local historian Carl Faust first brought up the idea of a celebration, she suggested an entire week devoted to history. Koep said that hasn’t happened since 1923.
It took a few weeks, but The Nature Conservancy and Crow Wing County have entered into a lease agreement for space in a county building. The Nature Conservancy will move into about 113 square-feet of vacant office space in the basement of the Land Services building on Laurel Street, which is between the historic courthouse and the Law Enforcement Center in Brainerd. The lease cost is $95 per month, including utilities. In other business , the board:
How about starting a business that’s mobile, partners with other established companies and lets customers tap into their creative side? That’s what a mother and daughter are doing in the Brainerd lakes area with their Traveling Art Pub. Sarah Stawarski, a graphic design student at Central Lakes College, was inspired to bring the idea to the lakes area after attending Cocktails and Canvas events in Denver. It sparked her interest in a new take on happy hour.
A relentlessly wet week and heavy rains are raising area rivers already at flood stage. The National Weather Service in Duluth noted Friday flood warnings continue at the Mississippi River at Aitkin and Fort Ripley. The river was rising and near flood stage in Brainerd. At 5:30 p.m. the river reached 12.36 feet. Minor flood stage is 13 feet. Moderate flood stage is reached at 16 feet. Minor flooding is expected to continue for the next few days, the weather service reported.