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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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.
If a petition is ultimately successful, there will be fewer Mud Lakes in Crow Wing County. County board members received a petition from residents to change Mud Lake to Lake Cuyuna. Tuesday, board members agreed to set a public hearing. The petitioners stated there are now five Mud Lakes in the county. This particular Mud Lake is in Wolford and Rabbit Lake townships and the city of Cuyuna.
What would it take to make a healthy choice the easy choice? The benefits are perhaps easier to identify in lowering healthcare costs, reducing absenteeism at work and creating a healthier and more resilient community. A collaborative community effort to create higher accessibility to healthy foods and healthy choices is in early stages. The effort, christened Crow Wing Energized, is in its second month of implementation.
BAXTER - After project numbers for Falcon Drive came in higher than expected, Baxter City Council members paused before moving forward. Wednesday, after no one attended a public hearing for the project, the council voted in favor, awarding a street and utility improvement project to DeChantal Excavating for $174,348. The project involves two property owners. Both are developing office buildings on either side of the future Falcon Drive where it intersects with Isle Drive by the Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center. Price increases came across the board for the project.
BAXTER - Residents on Briarwood Lane asked the city to consider the environment and threatened Blanding's turtles in looking to pave one of the city's last remaining gravel streets. At issue is a 1,710-foot street in the city's Southdale section. City officials are looking at contributing to a possible pavement project because there are few property owners who can be assessed for a road improvement. No decisions have been made. Wednesday was the first time the city officially met with residents to talk about this project proposal. Briarwood Lane runs by large residential lots of 2.5 acres.
BAXTER - Jim Klein and Rob Moser, who have both served on the city council for eight years, won't seek re-election this fall. Both men made the announcement at the end of Wednesday's city council meeting. "It's been an honor and a privilege," Moser said. "It definitely will be a big change, but it's time to move on. Our city staff here is second to none - that's very easy for me to say. Everything you've done has made my job so much easier and more enjoyable. I thank the staff for everything they've done.
BAXTER - On a warm, sunlit summer night residents gathered in city parks and neighborhoods for a national event devoted to making safer communities. At Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter an estimated 400 adults and children took part in events. Children clutched balloon animals. Faces were painted. Hundreds of free root beer floats were consumed. This year, even the weather cooperated for Baxter's Night to Unite. Justin and Jennifer Kangas, recent transplants from Appleton, Wis., attended Night to Unite for the first time.
After serving on Baxter's city commissions putting city plans into action, Rock Yliniemi is looking for greater involvement in forming city policy. The 48-year-old businessman filed for a Baxter City Council position on Friday. Chairman of the Baxter Utilities Commission, Yliniemi also serves on the city's long range planning commission and the Crow Wing County Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment. Yliniemi is president and co-owner of Brainerd Homes. He said an interest in plans, specs and engineering were part of what drew him to the utilities commission. He's served there since 1999.
Brainerd's jobless rate ticked up just slightly between May and June rising from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent but Crow Wing County's numbers were unchanged. Still Brainerd hasn't posted two months with an unemployment rate hovering at 8 percent since the summer of 2007. In the past seven years, there have been 12 singular months where the Brainerd unemployment dropped into single digits. The Great Recession officially began in December of 2007.
An 18-year city resident is seeking a spot on the Baxter City Council. For Steve Barrows, this is a first-time run for the council. "We have a wonderful community out here," Barrows said, adding he is willing to listen to residents and to work to reach positive outcomes, which he knows are sometimes difficult. "I'm committed to doing my best and to learn," Barrows said.