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Stories that will reel you in about life in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Stories that will reel you in about life in the Brainerd lakes area.

    Everything You Need to Know About Mail Balloting

    Everything You Need to Know About Mail Balloting

    Deborah Erickson is not only the elections head in Crow Wing County. She also serves as chair of the elections committee for the Minnesota Association of County Officers, as the Minnesota-designated local representative on the national Elections Assistance Commission Standards Board and on the federal Government Coordinating Council for elections critical infrastructure.
    She joins Community Editor Chelsey Perkins to discuss the impending changes to how residents vote, as more voting precincts shift to mail balloting for the 2020 election due to the coronavirus.
    Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins
    Guest: Deborah Erickson

    • 1 hr 10 min
    REBROADCAST: Ethics, Journalism and Public Trust

    REBROADCAST: Ethics, Journalism and Public Trust

    With this week's epic misinformation on social media, we thought it would be a good time to revisit this 2018 conversation on journalistic ethics.
    What makes a journalist ethical? How can journalists develop and maintain public trust? Just as in many newsrooms, the reporters and editors of the Brainerd Dispatch must regularly grapple with ethical decisions regarding news coverage. How we arrive at decisions and what principles guide that decision-making process is the subject of this week's DispatchCast episode. Have you ever wondered why we chose to include -- or not include -- certain information in a story? This just might be the episode for you.
    Producer/Host: Chelsey Perkins
    Contributors: Jennifer Kraus, Frank Lee and Gabe Lagarde

    • 43 min
    REBROADCAST: The Faces Behind the Dispatch Cameras

    REBROADCAST: The Faces Behind the Dispatch Cameras

    Likely the most recognizable Brainerd Dispatch ambassadors, staff photographers Steve Kohls and Kelly Humphrey capture images of the passions, tragedies, laughter and fun of the lakes area community. They are just as likely to appear at a community picnic as they are a house fire, and each day presents a new challenge for the dedicated pair.
    In this week's episode of the DispatchCast, we look back at a July 2017 conversation when Kohls and Humphrey reflected on their gusto for the art of photography, shared inspiration and practical tips for aspiring photographers and revealed the personalities behind the photographs of north-central Minnesota's only daily newspaper.
    Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins
    Guests: Steve Kohls and Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch photographers

    • 27 min
    How the Pandemic Affects Pets, Plus Headlines - April 24, 2020

    How the Pandemic Affects Pets, Plus Headlines - April 24, 2020

    Many unknowns still surround COVID-19, including its potential effects on household pets. With the lingering uncertainty, pet owners should be prepared to take special precautions to protect their furry family members in the event they themselves get sick, local animal experts told Brainerd Dispatch reporter Theresa Bourke.
    Catch her story along with the week's top lakes area headlines.
    Host/Co-Producer: Chelsey Perkins
    Contributor/Co-Producer: Theresa Bourke

    • 13 min
    REBROADCAST: The Twisted Tale of John Henry Seadlund

    REBROADCAST: The Twisted Tale of John Henry Seadlund

    We all could use a break from the reality we currently face, right?
    Here's your chance. We're bringing you a rebroadcast of our most popular DispatchCast episode ever.
    Ironton native John Henry Seadlund was the central figure in a captivating series of crimes 80 years ago -- crimes that led FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself to visit the Brainerd lakes area. The story of small-town boy turned brash criminal made headlines across the country, and a close look at the Brainerd Dispatch archives adds some local flavor.
    Listen to Seadlund’s story, as told by former Brainerd Dispatch publisher and "This Was Brainerd" columnist Terry McCollough, on this episode of the DispatchCast. 
    Host/Producer: Chelsey Perkins
    Guest: Terry McCollough

    • 49 min
    Brainerd's own Nick Anderson talks MLB shutdown, first year in majors

    Brainerd's own Nick Anderson talks MLB shutdown, first year in majors

    Nick Anderson is one of the nine rising Major League Baseball stars who should be a household name, according to MLB.com's Richard Justice. The 2008 Brainerd High School graduate had his breakout season in 2019, ending it with the AL Wild Card game-winning Tampa Bay Rays. Anderson talked with Brainerd Dispatch sports reporter Conrad Engstrom about what it's like to not be playing baseball right now, along with what his experience was like as a rookie in the majors last year. Plus, the Brainerd Dispatch's top headlines of the week.
    Host/Co-Producer: Community Editor Chelsey Perkins
    Contributor/Co-Producer: Sports Writer Conrad Engstrom

    • 35 min

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Nice Local Podcast

I enjoy having a local newspaper podcast, and have found the diversity of the topics intriguing. Would love some more discussion of local issues, almost like a mini news magazine show. Not every time, but sometimes might be cool.

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