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Biz Buzz: Friendly Fire opens in downtown Brainerd


Mason Overbey is used to having a couple of burns on his hands.

It’s an occupational hazard.

The owner of Friendly Fire, a speciality store with hand-blown glass, Overbey is often working with 2,000-degree temperatures.

“It’s fun melting glass,” Overbey said. “I love my art.”

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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