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Biz Buzz: Year in Review


With just short hours left before 2012 is history, it’s a good chance to recap what came and went in the past year.

Some of the top news-getters of 2012 were also on the minds of residents as 2011 drew to a close and speculation for retail development after a long drought brought on by the Great Recession finally turned into building permits. In 2012, those building permits turned into store openings — and, importantly for the region, jobs.

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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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