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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A birth center is opening near Milaca, one of six in the state. A New Story Birth Center is being opened by Debbie Sahlstrom, a certified professional midwife and registered nurse. It also has a Brainerd connection. Sahlstrom is a certified natural health professional and a craniosacral therapist. The birth center is hosting an open house from 1-5 p.m. Oct.
NISSWA - Grand View Lodge in Nisswa is embracing technology as a way to enhance the guest experience and to help the work force behind the scenes. Grand View's use of technology, community involvement and service, commitment to both the resort and its employees were all part of being chosen as a finalist for the Brainerd Lakes Chamber's Business Excellence Award. "The Governor's Fishing Opener, of course, was a huge component because we earned $2.6 million in media coverage over that event for the whole Brainerd lakes area, which is one of the largest that they've done," said Frank Soukup II
BAXTER - Not that long ago, starting a cold vehicle using a touch screen on a smartphone from a warm interior was a futuristic idea. Now that's just an everyday event at Sound Connection. Technology is changing the way people interact with their vehicles for increased comfort and safety. Sound Connection, a self-described vehicle enhancement facility, is based on the link between people and vehicles. While its origins in audio equipment is still a significant part of the mix, it isn't the whole picture. Safety enhancements. Creature comforts. Passenger entertainment.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today filed a lawsuit against a Texas company - Apex Merchant Group LLC - for using "bait and switch" tactics through which it promised small businesses it could save them money on credit card processing services, then hit them with higher undisclosed fees. In some cases, Apex fraudulently altered the terms of signed contracts by later inserting new pages into the contract that contained higher rates and/or cancellation fees not agreed to by the small business, locking them into long-term contracts. "Small businesses employ over half of our employees a
Widseth Smith Nolting is expanding through a merger as Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc., a firm that began in Austin and expanded to Rochester. Kevin Donnay, president of Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) said the addition allows WSN to broaden its range of services and opens opportunities in a growing market. "I selected the firm I most respect and feel will best serve my clients from the past 63 years of my father's and my practice," David Kane stated. The merger, which brings the Rochester-based architectural firm into the WSN fold, was finalized Oct. 1.
A dream job all started with a photograph in a blog. When Aitkin-raised wedding photographer Aimee Jobe saw a photo on Biff Ulm's photography blog, and was captivated by it. "When I saw that space I knew I had to have it," she said of Ulm's photo taken in the historic clock tower at the Northern Pacific Center in east Brainerd. Jobe, 28, worked her photography business on the side since 2010 while she was working full time for a vending company in Minneapolis. She'd been working in the metro for a decade. She wanted studio space in the lakes area for her wedding photography.
CROSSLAKE - The fifth annual Crosslake Monster Dash 5K is scheduled Oct. 25 at the Crosslake Community Center. This year's run will feature chip timing by Karma Race Management. The Monster Dash is the only 5K to offer free childcare (4-10 year olds) during the race, event organizers reported. The course will give runners a great chance to set new personal records as the terrain is flat and fast. In addition, runners will be featuring costumes for the Halloween season.
BAXTER - Concepts for Whiskey Creek could create a park setting and address water pollutants. Baxter is currently working with Good Samaritan Society, which purchased the former golf course in anticipation of constructing a senior assisted living facility and to create an area addressing water quality issues at Whiskey Creek. HDR Engineering prepared a feasibility study looking at alternatives for increased water quality in the Whiskey Creek tributary that leads to the Mississippi River. The watershed receives stormwater runoff from most of Baxter's commercial district along Highway 371.
Sometimes determining the cost of preventing what might have happened is both a valid exercise and impossible to prove. For sobriety courts, turning lives around through a combination of treatment, intense supervision during an extended time period and a team approach, has proven to be successful in ending a cycle for repeat offenders. Probation agents also believe it saves lives for those who are successful in treating addictions and the people they could have come in contact with while intoxicated and behind the wheel. Probation agent Preston Windorski said statistics show one in seven li
BAXTER - With the Isle Drive extension project getting closer, the Baxter City Council reviewed the final concept with WSB and Aric Welch of Widseth Smith Nolting Tuesday. Council member Todd Holman asked about options to connect with pedestrians or bicycle options south on Ironwood Drive after the roundabout at Highland Scenic Drive. Holman noted an urban design will allow for a pedestrian path where a rural road plan with ditches would make it difficult to include. Holman said he'd think the urban option would be more attractive to property owners.