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Paul Connolly sits with his service dog Cooper in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

Veteran with service dog says he was denied indoor service at area restaurant

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A veteran who said he was asked to leave an area restaurant because he was with his service dog said the experience was humiliating and he wants to raise awareness before it happens to someone else.

"It's been a miserable 10 days," said Navy veteran Paul Connolly, of Brainerd, of the time since he and his service dog, Cooper, were asked to leave the dining room at Iven's on the Bay. "It felt awful."

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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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