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Chelsey 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.
In 2021, I was named a member of the FCC Editorial Advisory Board, which works to build trust with readers and viewers by inviting dialogue, soliciting and supporting diverse opinions and explaining editorial decisions.
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 chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com or give me a call at 218-855-5874 to share your feedback or news tip.
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The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Cass County Sheriff’s Office said the cigarettes and malt liquor made up the last transaction of the night on Feb. 27, 2001, at Ultimate Liquors on Barclay Avenue in Pine River, Minnesota.
From his hospital bed, Mark Feierabend vowed to make lifestyle changes and influence others to become vaccinated for COVID-19.
Dr. Greg Davis said five of the 10 ICU beds at the Brainerd hospital were occupied Friday by people suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by COVID-19, one of whom was approximately 30 days into their stay. None were vaccinated.
The latest requests from the state come as part of an ongoing civil lawsuit against Iron Waffle first initiated in December 2020. The lawsuit was the next step at the time after months of inspections, fines and other administrative actions failed to prevent the business from disobeying executive orders concerning mask usage and takeout requirements while continuing operation.
Officer Grant Larson was first on the scene and saw smoke coming from the home with the front door ajar. Larson entered the home and through the smoke, found the woman on the couch.
The latest action comes after an expedited motion filed by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health, seeking the order for contempt as part of a civil lawsuit against Iron Waffle first initiated in December 2020. The lawsuit was the next step at the time after months of inspections, fines and other administrative actions failed to prevent the business from disobeying executive orders concerning mask usage and takeout requirements while continuing operation.
The unsolved case leaves open the questions of who killed the husband and father of four and why they pulled the trigger. It was the first homicide under Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen’s leadership and the only unsolved murder under active investigation in the county. The lack of eyewitnesses is the biggest hurdle in the investigation, Larsen said, which has thus far resulted in circumstantial evidence and a list of possible suspects, some of whom have no clear alibi.
Crow Wing County's public health head said community cooperation with mitigation efforts and vaccinations in necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the lakes area — and vaccine misinformation is driving some people's resistance to getting inoculated.
A space age-style helmet is just one example of adaptation and innovation in response to COVID-19 taking place among ambulance personnel, faced with the dual challenge of preventing spread within their ranks while also caring for patients.
Ron Lindner is credited with developing a comprehensive lake, river and reservoir identification classification system and a fish response calendar, according to the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame, along with what he called the algebra of angling: F+L+P=S, or Fish + Location + Presentation = Success. He had three patents and 30 unique designs under his belt, along with co-authoring 10 books and writing hundreds of articles and thousands of radio and television scripts.