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Passion for history leads couple to restore one-room school house

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FORT RIPLEY — Students who visit Audrey and Jerry Majerus’ rural homestead don’t have to imagine what going to school was like for their counterparts 110 years ago.


All they have to do is look inside the one-room school house. No iPods. No calculators. No TV. No phone. No electricity. No indoor plumbing.

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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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