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 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.
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.
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.
A recent conflict in Crow Wing County highlights the tension between all-terrain vehicle use and wildlife habitat conservation efforts.
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...
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 ...
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...
BRAINERD -- A Trans Am racecar driver is dead after crashing head-on with a concrete wall at high speed Sunday afternoon at Brainerd International Raceway.The driver was identified by track officials as Mel Shaw, 70, of New Jersey. Several online...
BRAINERD, Minn. -- Rescuers were able to pull a woman from the water after she jumped from a downtown bridge over the Mississippi River Wednesday afternoon in Brainerd.A passerby reported she saw the woman climb over a fence on the south side of ...