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Biz Buzz: Beer economics


Breweries are making a comeback.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reported 2,538 breweries are operating nationally — the most in the nation since 1887.

In a recent DEED report on breweries, the state’s “burgeoning craft beer industry” was noted for producing 391,000 barrels last year. That amounts to an 83 percent increase during the past decade, DEED writer Jan Saxhaug noted.

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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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