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Biz Buzz: The Woods to open near Merrifield

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The Woods is opening in the former Chap or Chaparrel in Merrifield.

Former owner Randy Bye said The Chap closed in February. Bye owned the business, including Timbermist, with his wife Pam for many years — 24 in all. Pam Bye passed away in 2010 after a battle with breast cancer.


“I just need to move on with my life,” Randy Bye 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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