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Commissioners favor cuts that aren't so deep


With a majority of Crow Wing County commissioners expressing an interest in a smaller cut to library funding, those dollars may be restored before the final budget is adopted next week.

At issue is whether to take the allotted 10 percent cut the Legislature allowed — $56,000 — to the Kitchigami Regional Library System’s budget in 2012. Commissioners Rachel Reabe Nystrom, Phil Trusty and Doug Houge said they could support a 5 percent cut, about $28,000.

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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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