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BAXTER — A first for Baxter combined with a heat index of 105 degrees this Fourth of July keeping some people home, but others were parade diehards.


“Hot,” said Nancy Cross, Brainerd Community Action director, as she monitored the start of the parade. “It’s going really well. It’s just so hot. People waited until the last minute to come. I don’t blame them.”

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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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