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Wausau Paper to close Brainerd Mill this spring


Wausau Paper is closing the Brainerd mill this spring, with production expected to cease in April.

The company announced the closure of the mill Thursday afternoon. Employees were told about 3:30 p.m. Thursday during company meetings. The mills employs 134 workers.

In a statement, Wausau Paper reported it explored a range of alternatives after deciding to divest itself of the technical specialty paper business to focus on its tissue business.

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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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