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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Enbridge reports moving crude oil by pipeline will bring construction jobs and property tax dollars to the state and be part of the goal of achieving energy independence. Enbridge has been in Minnesota for 65 years. It has nearly 400 employees in the state and offices in Duluth. Enbridge reports it meets nearly 80 percent of refining demand in Minnesota. Enbridge is an energy transportation company and in the Upper Midwest that mainly involves transporting crude oil. In other areas it also transports natural gas and has invested $3 billion in renewable energy - wind, solar and geothermal.
BAXTER - Changing a leaf drop-off site to the Northland Arboretum may be put off until 2016 as Baxter City Council members considered pros, cons and an upcoming construction project. The Northland Arboretum would offer a place for residents to drop off leaves and grass clippings six days a week through spring, summer and fall. Baxter would be asked to pay for the service at the same rate it is paying now and provide equipment and staff time to move leaf piles. When the city discontinued its own leaf compost site and installed a leaf-burning ban, it looked for alternatives.
People who want to challenge themselves and raise funds for charitable causes and the community will be able to do it all Sunday at the Lakes Country Triathlon in Baxter. The event has been part of the community for more than a decade, but this year offers participants new shorter distances and a new course. The event is presented by the Kiwanis of Baxter. Kevin Dens, registration chairman, is one of three co-chairs with Dan Fundingsland and Pat Pickar. Dens said the biggest change this year is the course and short distances.
BAXTER - Forest Drive residents, who had water up to their front steps on this high-water year, heard options to fix the problem. Solutions to flooding on Forest Drive in Baxter may be cutting a new drainage ditch. The options and costs were presented to the Baxter City Council Tuesday as it met in a workshop session. A ditch across the back lot line with a storm sewer extension to manage water issues on Forest Drive will take care of the flooding as water is drained. The water will take a period of time to migrate underground, but this plan is believed to keep water from coming up to the
BAXTER - A 14-day extension for Pratt's Affordable Excavating was approved for the completion of the Wildflower and Franklin drives and Woida Road construction project meaning work may be done on Halloween. Original plans were for completion on Oct. 24. High groundwater and difficult dewatering conditions were outlined because of significant rainfall.
BAXTER - Voters will have a ballot question to decide whether the city of Baxter extends its sales tax at the Nov. 4 election. Baxter City Council members Tuesday adopted a resolution approving the ballot question. It will now be forwarded to the Crow Wing County Auditor-Treasurer's office to meet an Aug. 22 deadline to be included in the ballot. Earlier the state Legislature granted Baxter the authority to put the question to the public with requirements. The extension of the half-percent sales tax is through 2037 or when $40 million is generated for the approved projects and costs.
BAXTER - Baxter City Council members previously expressed a preference for staggered street lighting on both sides of Excelsior Road. But to do that, instead of just on one side, comes with a cost increase of about $128,992. The city plans to reconstruct Excelsior Road next year. On Excelsior Road, from Highway 371 to Cypress Drive, costs for lighting on one side are expected to be $113,160.
Rain, heavy at times, made for a sloppy early Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service gauge at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport recorded 1.49 inches in three hours Sunday. A slow-moving storm from the west brought in .06 inches of rain just before 7 a.m.
With 10,000 people retiring per day during the next 19 years, Crow Wing County administrator Tim Houle said the county will face challenges for labor. The Pew Research Center confirmed the baby boomers began retiring at that rate as of 2011. The figure raises the question of where the county will get the labor talent it needs in this demographic shift, which will increase competition for employees. Houle said this atmosphere will make it more important to grow talent internally. Budget season is right around the corner and Houle said department submittals are holding down the levy.
The race for Crow Wing County recorder remained a tightly contested affair down to the last handful of precincts. Doug Hansen and Mark Liedl will move on to the general election. Hansen received 1,463 votes. Liedl received 1,454. Brian Wallin received 1,271 votes. Hansen, deputy recorder, watched results at home following online updates. He thanked Wallin for a good race and thanked voters for turning out. "I'm looking forward to the general (election)," Hansen said.