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Sen. John Ward, DFL-Baxter, (left) tours Stern Companies in Brainerd last year with Marco Marquetti, rotomolding supervisor, and Shawn Hunstad, Stern Companies president and CEO, during an Enterprise Minnesota visit to highlight how the Growth Acceleration Program assists manufacturers. Renee Richardson/Brainerd Dispatch.

Stern Companies looks to innovation, planning and problem-solving

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What if a host of employees could be engaged in a problem-solving culture?

Benefits could come by increasing profits, reducing waste, finding ways to be more productive and engaging employees in finding solutions from the bottom up instead of a top-down approach.


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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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