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Economic development may include melting a Minnesota reticence to let actions speak louder than words

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BAXTER — Everyone can be part of economic growth.

At least that was part of the message Friday at the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development (BLAEDC) annual meeting at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter.


Kathleen M. Schmidlkofer, the guest speaker at the annual event, came from the fledgling, year-old Greater MSP, where she is executive vice president.

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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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