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Houge elected chairman, board changes meeting hour


The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday elected Doug Houge as board chairman during its first meeting of the new year.

At the board’s annual reorganization meeting, the board also elected Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom as vice chair.

Commissioner Paul Thiede was the board chairman in 2011. The move follows the board’s traditional rotation with commissioners in the vice chair’s seat taking over as chair with the new year.

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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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