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Ceremony honors soldiers who risked their lives to save others


Their job was to lead the way for safe passage in a dangerous landscape.

On a balmy, breezy Sunday afternoon in Brainerd, U.S. Army Reserve soldiers were recognized for their heroism and the uncounted lives saved by their efforts.

Their family, friends and supporters gathered at Central Lakes College (CLC) to honor members of the 309th Engineering Co. Mobilization Augmentation Company (MAC) in a Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony.

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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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