Weather Forecast


Thunderstorms drop torrential rains on area


Relentless thunderstorms released torrential rain across northern Minnesota adding to swollen rivers, washing out roadbeds and threatening a wastewater treatment plant.

Mother Nature turned on a faucet she appears reluctant to turn off. A long trail of thunderstorms created nearly non-stop lightning in the lakes area late Tuesday and into the early morning hours Wednesday. Sheets of rain fell on soil already saturated with repeated rainfall.

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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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