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Crow Wing County Board allows rezoning over protests


John Wills said he left the metro area and later Becker in search of a rural setting, buying 240 acres in St. Mathias Township a decade ago.

He moved to Crow Wing County to live in an area that wasn’t next to a housing development. He was recreating the experience of his father-in-law’s farm by Big Lake where they enjoyed riding horses along the river bank for some of the best times of their lives.

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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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