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Maier and Gator gain awards for service

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BAXTER — Community service by man and canine were recognized in Baxter on Tuesday.

Patrick Pickar, past vice president of the U.S. Police Canine Association (PCA) and awards committee chairman, said it was a great honor to recognize Baxter Police Officer Matt Maier and his K-9 partner, Gator, for dedication and professionalism in assisting the city’s police department.


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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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