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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Evan Lawrence’s plan to hit the water at 6 a.m. Saturday for the Governor’s Fishing Opener wasn’t so surprising. But he may have gotten a few looks at the landing at Zorbaz when he launched his paddleboard into the chilly water of Gull Lake looking to land a walleye. And not only land one, but bring it in before Gov. Mark Dayton made a catch. Lawrence did just that, catching five fish. Dayton didn’t catch any walleye during the opener.
Two years ago Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon caught more fish during the Governor’s Fishing Opener, but didn’t bring in the biggest one. This is Prettner Solon’s fourth fishing opener and this year, she’s ready to take the bragging rights on Gull Lake. “I love to fish,” she said at the Governor’s Fishing Opener reception kick-off in downtown Brainerd. “It gives the governor and I a little chance for a little rivalry out on the lake. I intend to beat him this year.”
BAXTER — Moving pedestrians safely in the Excelsior Road corridor had Baxter City Council members looking at options for crossings. Tuesday, the council again considered plans for Excelsior Road construction in 2015 to tie-in with a Brainerd Jackson Street project. Options included pushing the project back a year, changing the design plans, adding lighting, adding a bike lane, or doing all of Excelsior Road in one season instead of phases. About 80 percent of the street design work is complete.
BAXTER — Whiskey Creek, the tributary collecting stormwater runoff from the Highway 371 Baxter commercial district, is the target of a feasibility study. The Baxter City Council previously discussed options to treat stormwater and reduce negative effects on its streams, particularly Whiskey Creek, before it flows into the Mississippi River.
BAXTER — A donation of replacement plants and a gazebo from Crow Wing Power’s Green Touch program will put the equivalent of $1,000 into Berrywood Park. Tuesday, the Baxter City Council noted the donation and earlier ones were the start of the Berrywood Park flower garden. This donation is part of a four year project started in 2012. The spot started as a walking trail rest stop behind the ball fields at the park. Crow Wing Power previously donated $1,000 for flowering plants, landscape mulch and landscape paver blocks.
BAXTER — An increased city contribution from Baxter will reduce proposed assessments for a trio of street projects. Tuesday the Baxter City Council considered and approved changes to its assessment ordinance with the city taking a larger share of costs for Woida, Wildflower and Franklin street projects. The $3,197,687 project will have a per lot assessment of $14,907 with the changes. With water access fees, sewer access fees and lift station fees, residents are expected to have an estimated per-lot assessment of $16,607.
Imagine a pet pig the size of a tea cup. For Kacie Johnson, it could be perfect addition to her new pet store in Brainerd. She flipped through photos of the tiny pet pigs on her phone. The micro mini teacup pigs were posed next to cups, cats and cellphones to give an indication of their minute size. “It is so cute,” Johnson said. “Who doesn’t want a micro pig.”
After 14 years on Front Street in downtown Brainerd, Sound Connection recently made the move to Edgewood Drive, just off Highway 371 in Baxter. The home-grown business is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 in its new facility, which was formerly home to the Viking Land Harley-Davidson dealership. The motorcycles previously moved into the former Dondelinger auto site on Highway 210 across from SuperOne Foods. “It was time to move,” said Jason Fugate, Sound Connection shop manager. “We had to do it if we wanted to grow.”
BAXTER — Costs were 12 percent higher or about $2,147 more per assessment than initially anticipated for the joint Franklin, Wildflower and Woida street project. For homeowners along the city streets, that means preliminary assessment calculations rose from $14,116 to $16,262.80. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,197,697 — about $507,580 higher than the $2.69 million residents heard at the improvement hearing. “I think we were all sitting here hoping it was going to be the other way,” Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson said.
Albert Lea’s three-month reign for the highest jobless rate in Minnesota’s large cities ended after the state revised its unemployment numbers. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) changed the numbers for the southeastern Minnesota city, dropping its unemployment rate from 17.2 percent to 5.9 percent in March. Before Albert Lea’s jobless numbers were revised downward, DEED had it leading the state large cities, those with a population of 10,000 or more.