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Child protection issues raise sparks at Crow Wing County Board


Sparks flew briefly at Crow Wing County’s Board meeting Tuesday during a discussion on out-of-home placement of children.

Crow Wing County Commissioner Paul Thiede asked outgoing Community Services Director Beth Wilms why the county wasn’t more successful in reducing out-of-home placement costs. Wilms said the intensity of cases, with the level of care some children need, is keeping costs high as families have greater barriers and mental health issues.

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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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