SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE 3 months just 99 ¢/month

Chelsey M. Perkins

Community Editor

I grew up in the Brainerd lakes area, and it's an honor for me to share the stories of my neighbors.
As Brainerd Dispatch community editor, I help to ensure the accuracy and clarity of the information we collect and publish. I continue to write as well, covering a wide range of topics including Crow Wing County government, regional news, watchdog reporting, features and personality profiles. I'm also the producer and primary host of the "Brainerd Dispatch Minute," our weekday news podcast.
I began my career at the Dispatch in August 2014 as the county government beat reporter and was promoted to community editor in July 2017.
I'm always on the hunt for untold stories and interesting characters. Email me at or give me a call at 218-855-5874 to share your feedback or news tip.
To help support local journalism, click here to sign upto receive a Dispatch digital subscription to our e-edition or to receive the printed paper at your door, or to get both.

The County Board approved the use of $1,930,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funds toward a number of capital improvement projects already planned for this year during its Tuesday, Jan. 25, meeting.
Of the 12.5 miles to be added to the system, half will be newly constructed trails, while the other half will use existing undesignated and unmanaged forest trails already open to ATV use.
At the current rate of increase, the most likely scenario shows the office should expect as many as 600 mental health calls a year by 2025.
In distributing COVID-19 relief funds doled out by the federal government, county commissioners agreed to prioritize improving access to child care in light of a significant shortage of availability for parents in need of care.
From his hospital bed, Mark Feierabend vowed to make lifestyle changes and influence others to become vaccinated for COVID-19.
Although new cases and hospitalizations dipped in late December, both measures are escalating again as the state experiences a spike driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.
The state’s chief elections administrator shared his views on audits, Minnesota’s election system and what he expects headed into the midterm elections during an interview Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Subscribe and listen to the Brainerd Dispatch Minute at, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.
BRAINERD — While away celebrating their recent marriage, a phone call informed Julie Meszaros and husband Raymond Shimek of the fire that left their southeast Brainerd home uninhabitable and took the life of a family dog.
The northern half of the project, which extends from County Road 127 north around Round Lake to the intersection with Highway 371, is slated for reconstruction in 2024. The southern portion — from 127 along the south shore of the lake — is set for 2023, and Bray said they’ve extended offers to all property owners along that stretch from whom right of way must be acquired.