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Two-year-old Eva Hanzlik is fitted with a balloon wrist corsage by Kelli Mankowski Tuesday evening during Night to Unite at Oscar Kristofferson Park in Baxter. Balloon artist Mankowski was one of several attractions at the park and throughout the Brainerd and Baxter area. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Night Out: Communities gather for annual summer event

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BAXTER - On a warm, sunlit summer night residents gathered in city parks and neighborhoods for a national event devoted to making safer communities.


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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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