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Celebrating the Fourth of July, parade style

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Paradegoers packed areas of the route for the annual Brainerd/Baxter Fourth of July parade.

The breeze, mid-70s and overcast skies made for comfortable parade watching. The sun broke through the clouds as the last parade units were returning to the staging area in time for the bands to play at the stage near the high school.


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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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