Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has 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 joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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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.
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 — 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.
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.
NISSWA, Minn. — For more than 350 law enforcement officers at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa Thursday, Nov. 2, a demonstration on disrupting demand for underage sex trafficking became real life.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A former Brainerd City Council candidate is among four men facing felony charges for soliciting a minor for sex. The arrests came as the result of a three-day investigation last week by area law enforcement officials, who created fictional profiles and placed online advertisements as a proactive solicitation operation, a Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office news release stated.
BAXTER, Minn. — Over a Longmire smoked brisket sandwich and a pint of Devil's Companion porter, lakes area readers engaged in live conversation earlier this month with Western mystery author Craig Johnson. For October, the group read "The Cold Dish," the first book in Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series — now produced as a Netflix series, "Longmire." For nearly an hour, Johnson answered questions via Skype of the more than 50 people at the latest gathering of Books, Burgers and Brews at Prairie Bay Grill in Baxter.
Neglect by the Heritage House of Pequot Lakes led to the death of a client living at the assisted living facility, the Minnesota Department of Health reported. An investigation completed by the state agency substantiated charges of neglect, described as improper catheter care and an unclean environment leading to death by a complex urinary tract infection.