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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CROSBY, Minn.—When Brainerd native Chris Crust thinks of his nephew Murdoch, he thinks of the boy's light-hearted nature and independent streak. "He was kind of a wild child like his dad," Chris said. "A curious kid, a happy-go-lucky kid. ... Everybody loved him a lot."
CROSBY, Minn. — The Crow Wing County Dive Team recovered the body of a 13-year-old Minneapolis boy Saturday, July 21, from the bottom of Armour No. 2 mine pit lake in Crosby. Responders resumed the search at 7 a.m. after calling it off the night before due to hazardous underwater conditions. Using side scan sonar, the boy's body was discovered and recovered from water 92 feet deep near where he was likely swept away by current, according to the sheriff's office.
BRAINERD, Minn. — David Mars first piloted a plane at age 3. The short flight by Mars and his 5-year-old sister—made possible by his toddler curiosity in imitating his father idling the throttle—ended in a cartwheel off the runway into the ditch. The siblings weathered the crash, and for Mars, the flight foretold his future of more than five decades in the pilot's seat.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Twilight had yet to give way to the morning sun on a Monday in October 85 years ago in downtown Brainerd.
CROSBY, Minn.—The victim of a fatal stabbing Saturday, Jan. 13, at a senior living community in Crosby has been identified by law enforcement. Crosby police identified the woman Sunday as 38-year-old Danyele Marie Johnson of Ironton. A male suspect, identified as David Michael Otey, 37, Cambridge, was arrested on site. He was booked midday Saturday in the Crow Wing County Jail.
CROSBY, Minn.—A woman is dead and a man is in custody on probable cause for second-degree intentional murder following a stabbing Saturday, Jan. 13, in Crosby. According to a news release, the Crosby Police Department responded to a 911 call of a reported stabbing just after 8 a.m. Saturday at Heartwood Senior Living Community, 500 Heartwood Drive in Crosby. Officers located the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A male suspect, identified as David Michael Otey, 37, was arrested on site. He was booked midday Saturday in the Crow Wing County Jail.
BRAINERD — Anyone who happened to be in the northern Minnesota city of Effie for the North Star Stampede this summer might have spotted a woman on her daily run—wearing flip-flops. While many would have allowed forgotten running shoes to derail their goals, Jessica Waytashek is not the average goal-setter. The local personal trainer and weight loss counselor powered through this obstacle and numerous others in the past year—including a nearly debilitating injury—to run at least 1 mile every day for 365 days.
PINE RIVER, Minn.—When Dr. David Laposky lost his job at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Clinic here in November, about 150 patients he treated for opioid dependency faced uncertainty concerning access to a provider. Laposky, a family medicine doctor with 30 years in the profession, was one of about 50 Essentia Health employees fired for refusing to receive an influenza vaccination. His departure exposed an unrelated plight: the precariousness of medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction in rural Minnesota.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A chorus of knocks and doorbells across the Brainerd lakes area Tuesday, Dec. 19, announcing the arrival of some unexpected company and Christmas cheer. When Ralph Fredrick Henkensiefken opened the front door of his Buffalo Hills-area home, he was greeted by Santa Claus and two of his elves.
MERRIFIELD, Minn. — Seven-year-old Joshua Pence doesn't speak much, but the look of contentment on his face when snuggling with Zippy the golden retriever says more than words could. Zippy's not your average family dog, however. A pup who loves to give kisses and is full of laugh-inducing energy, 16-month-old Zippy joined the Pence family this summer to serve as Joshua's service dog. Her penchant for affection is a trait making Zippy an excellent candidate for Joshua, whose tendency toward frustrated outbursts are diffused by a few licks of the dog's tongue.