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Downtown Brainerd store closings: Bittersweet

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On a sunny weekday morning before Rhonda Smith opened her store in downtown Brainerd, a well-wisher was already peeking in the main street windows.

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Smith’s had a flood of such visitors. With obvious concern they ask how she is doing and wish her well on her upcoming move and subsequent plan to close two long-time Laurel Street businesses.

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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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