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Growing jobs by the vineyard


A vineyard at Central Lakes College (CLC) Agriculture and Energy Center in Staples, combined with course material, is giving area students a chance to step into the wine industry.

Viticulturist Dennis Drummond is leading the effort at CLC. The vineyard at Staples took shape last year with first-year growth on grapevines. Individual growers and the University of Minnesota gave Drummond cuttings for the vineyard.

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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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