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No. 2 - Economy


After an economic drought, 2012 saw an increase in commercial construction in the lakes area.

In Baxter, property tax collection from “new commercial construction” rose from $9.6 million in 2005 to $25.5 million in 2006. But with the Great Recession, numbers began dropping and were cut in half from $13.9 million in 2009 to $6.4 million in 2010. By 2012, the number plummeted to $282,200.

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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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