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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Summer's earning power in the lakes area is on the front burner in July. The Fourth of July long holiday weekend brings people to the lakes area in droves - just watching the lines of traffic headed south on Sunday provides proof. For the next couple of years, the area will receive a bonus from an extended holiday weekend.
Brainerd's jobless rate dropped to 8.1 percent in May, the lowest it's been in 78 months. It takes going back to November of 2007, a month before the Great Recession officially began, to find an unemployment rate that is close at 8.3 percent.
The counseling and therapy offices, actually three practices sharing office space under one roof, are hosting an open house from 3-6 p.m.
BAXTER - Flooding in the Forest Drive neighborhood has the Baxter City Council looking for solutions. The conundrum comes in trying to come up with solutions that work for as many homes as possible. Right now it has taken the city pumping day and night to the tune of a million to two million gallons of water a day to make a dent. The neighborhood is west of Gander Mountain. A wet spring and early summer filled yards and ditches in the Forest Drive area, which is just off Excelsior Road west of Highway 371.
BAXTER - With $3,867,100 in commercial construction value alone this spring, Baxter may be putting the Great Recession in the rear-view mirror. The spring of 2014 saw a rebirth with construction of an estimated market value of $9.1 million compared to $1.1 million in the spring of 2013. New residential homestead construction hit $1.9 million this spring compared to $265,500 in the spring of 2013. This spring, the city had $909,300 in non-homestead residential construction compared to $198,800 a year ago.
BAXTER - Whipple Beach's new picnic shelter with kitchen is set for a grand opening at 6 p.m.
Parade floats, tiaras, food, music and even the governor of Minnesota will all be part of the annual American celebration in the Brainerd lakes area. The traditional mix to mark America's Independence Day and the birth of the nation is planned. But there are a few new wrinkles for this year. Construction activity at the Brainerd High School athletic field this summer means a few venue changes, but the American celebration in the Brainerd lakes area should benefit from a welcome - make that dry - forecast. It's such a capital Fourth of July celebration in the Brainerd lakes area, even Gov.
Some residents worry a scenic drive around Round Lake will be lost if a reconstruction project moves forward in the future. Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said the deteriorating road needs to be updated to address safety and pedestrian traffic. At issue is a 30-year-old roadbed that has residents and Crow Wing County staff with opposing views. Both agree the pavement is deteriorating. Reconstructing the road isn't on the county's list of planned projects for the next five years.
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species received a long-awaited infusion of dollars to fuel the fight. For years, Crow Wing County struggled with the idea of paying to fight aquatic invasive species (AIS) and debated whether it should approve plans for lakeshore residents who asked to be able to tax themselves to pay for it. The job of protecting public waters for tourism, eco-systems and fishing, board members said, should be spearheaded by the DNR. Lake association members said waiting for that to happen would be too late.
Offering more in-depth history of parcel data, previously difficult to reproduce because of high demands on staff time, is expected to benefit by a data conversion tool. Crow Wing County commissioners heard Tuesday a new option is expected to provide on-demand history of parcel data, more detailed than currently available.