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Store Manager Nick Eades (left) and Assistant Manager Debbie Kraklau stand outside the renovated Ace Hardware in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch

Ace Hardware renovations update store inside and out

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Recent renovations to the Ace Hardware exterior — moving the entrance and re-designing the interior — is helping people rediscover the Brainerd mainstay.


Ace Hardware has been part of the Tyrol Hill shopping center in Brainerd since the 1960s. A year ago, brothers Mike and Mark Weibolt purchased the Brainerd hardware store.

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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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