Safari North Wildlife park owners Kevin and Kelly Vogel hold a baby kangaroo on

Safari North plans to open next spring


Exotic animals more accustomed to the African plains or the Australian Outback may not be what residents expect to see near Brainerd.

But that is likely to change as Safari North continues to make progress toward a 2014 Memorial Day weekend opening.

Kevin Vogel, Safari North owner, is behind the effort to build a wildlife park south of Brainerd on the former bicycle race track.

“We will have a large selection of animals from around the world,” Vogel said.

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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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