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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Emails will be sent to commissioners asking for feedback if a third party requests a letter of support related to a grant application. The Tuesday decision at the Crow Wing County Board meeting came in the aftermath of a recent committee session where commissioners were unable to come to consensus on a dollar limit. In that case, Community Services wasn’t included in a grant application because of time constraint between board meetings.
BAXTER — After years of consideration, numerous meetings and hours of discussion, Baxter City Council members voted 4-0 in favor of a multi-million dollar street project affecting about 70 property owners. “I’m surprised this place isn’t packed,” Franklin Drive resident Tim Wright said. Wright said after looking at his assessment and the decreased value of his home it’s disturbing to take 25 percent of his home’s value in an assessment for city water, sewer and a paved road.
A speed study is in the works for Highway 48. The highway, also known as Highland Scenic Drive, curves south of Perch Lake connecting Highway 210 in west Baxter to Fourth Street Southwest in Brainerd. Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom said a resident contacted her about the need for a speed study, expressing concern for the speed of vehicles in a busy corridor. Nystrom said no one has called her about the road in a long time. Crow Wing County Highway Engineer Tim Bray said the last time a speed study was done on Highland Scenic Drive was in 1989.
A sparse gathering at the Crow Wing County Board’s Tuesday meeting spoke volumes to Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom. “It’s outstanding this room is mostly empty this morning compared to that packed, angry, concerned angry people,” Nystrom said, adding whatever happened it’s been resolved to a great outcome. Last September, a standing room only crowd filled the county board room on the third floor of the historic courthouse.
Kelly Wroolie was convinced he’d take a talent for trouble-shooting and a mechanical mind to craft an invention. Now the lakes area resident has a patent to prove it. And with Memorial Day weekend giving the traditional Minnesota assurance that frost is a thing of the past, gardeners will be putting out tender plants in hopes of bountiful vegetables or pleasant blossoms.
BAXTER — Virtual assistants offer office support for everything from creating mailing lists to creating and delivering Power Point presentations. Tessa Hall, owner of Lakes Area Virtual Assistant in Brainerd, says she can work on tasks for companies without needing them to provide her a desk or benefits. Clients may need individual projects completed or ongoing assignments. Hall started her business in order to be a stay-at-home mom with her young daughter. She educated herself and took online training on all the aspects of starting her own virtual assistant business.
BAXTER — A business incubator is hoping to attract entrepreneurs, start-ups and home-based companies. Scott Hall sees his creation as a place where people can brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other, and even help each other as they grow. Consider it the place fledgling companies may grown after leaving their birth places in the family garage. “I’ve had this idea for years,” Hall said.
Work has begun on the Dollar Tree site in Baxter. Dollar Tree previously received a conditional use permit from the city of Baxter to locate a new store on the east side of the Westport Mall. The development, at 14087 Baxter Dr., was requested by Baxter Development Group. According to plans previously filed with the city, the 16 pine trees along the property boundaries on the east side of the mall will be removed. Earth-moving equipment was also engaged at Isle Drive near the future Falcon Drive intersection for the McDermott Professional Center with a dental clinic.
BAXTER — Memorial Day weekend begins the summer season and with it an influx of traffic for the region. Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said seasonal influx brings in more traffic and speeders. “We live in an area everyone wants to be,” Dahl told the Baxter City Council during one of his updates to the city on Tuesday. Everyone knows Brainerd and Baxter, Dahl said.
Crow Wing County commissioners were pressed to find common ground this week. At issue was whether staff could submit letters of support to receive grant money when the timeline made it impossible to get board approval first.