Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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In Heath Fosteson's years as Crow Wing County Jail administrator, he didn't expect to see former inmates return to jail by choice.
PELICAN LAKE—The unexpected rescue saga began with commotion outside the Roseberrys' picture window. Accustomed to visits from wildlife, the Arizona family who spends summers at their cabin on Pelican Lake in Mission Township found themselves face to beak—a very sharp beak—with a baby bird in distress Thursday, June 13. This wasn't like the finch chick Barb Roseberry once nursed with an eyedropper filled with mashed berries, however.
An 87-year-old building housing a bar and apartments in Little Falls was destroyed by a fire in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 5. Fire crews from several area departments battled the blaze at the West Side Bar for nearly eight hours after receiving the call at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman said flames were visible from an exterior wall and the roof when firefighters arrived on scene at 115 W. Broadway, and residents of the four to five units above the bar were in the process of evacuating.
An outdoor basketball court at Lindbergh Elementary School in Little Falls will soon be renovated courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The school was one of four winners across the state for the NBA team's Our Courts Our Future program, presented by U.S. Bank, which seeks to refurbish outdoor basketball courts "to help neighborhoods take their love of basketball outdoors." Winners were selected through online voting.
The Gull Chain of Lakes was the place to be for competitive anglers this weekend. Not only did it play host to the 11th Annual Fleet Farm Minnesota Fishing Challenge Saturday, June 1, it also served as the first location on the tournament schedule for the Student Angler Tournament Trail. The fledgling nonprofit organization is on a mission to support a growing field of young anglers from across the state with a more robust competition schedule.
Squabbling squirrels. That's what Joe Eberly thought he heard the morning of Sunday, May 26, in his northeast Brainerd neighborhood. He soon realized the sound instead came from a female mallard duck, pacing near the road across the street from his H Street home. A passerby noticed the frazzled fowl, too, quickly learning the reason for her restless behavior—her duckling brood, 13 strong, gazed up helplessly from the bowels of a storm drain. Eberly sprung into action, removing the grate and formulating a plan to rescue the babies.
It's a surprising statistic: the gender gap in computing careers is getting worse, not better. This according to nonprofit Girls Who Code, a national organization seeking to reverse that trend and change the image of what programmers look like and do. When Cindy Moore learned about the movement on an airplane while watching a TED Talk, she was intrigued by founder Reshma Saujani's presentation on fostering bravery in girls. Bringing it to Brainerd was the next natural step for Moore, executive director of teen center TheShop, Brainerd/Baxter's Youth Defined Space.
Let me tell you about Bob. When you met him, you'd learn two things about him pretty quick: he grew up in Chicago, and he lived and breathed the Chicago Cubs. He knew his statistics in depth, the life stories of players, the dimensions of Wrigley Field. He reveled in the nuances of great plays and savored the beauty of the game.
When Emily Lothert decides to redecorate, 11,500 others are along for the journey. The 28-year-old Brainerd High School graduate is the face behind @re.recreate, an Instragram page capturing the home renovations and modern farmhouse-style decor found in her and husband Reed's northeast Brainerd home. Now with 2.5-month-old son Max in tow, Lothert finds herself incorporating the adventures of new motherhood into the photos she shares with her growing fan base of online do it yourself decorating junkies.
More than 30 acres within the Chippewa National Forest burned Thursday, April 25, as high winds and dry conditions fueled a forest fire. A state reconnaissance aircraft deployed during fire season discovered the blaze while patrolling an area south of the forest, said Mike Klick, zone fire management officer with Chippewa National Forest, during a phone interview. Firefighters responded to an area near 24th Avenue, northeast of Longville, and found flames spreading quickly with the aid of 20 mph winds.