Weather Forecast


Tick Talk - part two


While tick-borne illnesses are part of living in and visiting the lakes area, there are ways to prevent or limit exposure.

Education is also key in learning where ticks are most prevalent and how to recognize symptoms of tick-borne illnesses. Ticks are most active in the spring and early summer and by now the tick season is at the tail end. They become active again in the fall. With mild winters, ticks may be active when the ground temperature reaches 50 degrees.

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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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