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Brainerd strings together jobless numbers not seen since 2007

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Brainerd’s jobless rate stands out among all cities of 10,000 or more in the state.

Topping the list for the highest unemployment percentage has been a regular duel between Brainerd and Bemidji. The two powerhouses in jobless rates are again outpacing the field and by a considerable margin.


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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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