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Brainerd's railroad legacy, still visible a the Northern Pacific Center in east

Railroad Roundhouse symposium offers look at what was and what could be


A Railroad Roundhouse, a free symposium at the Northern Pacific Center in east Brainerd Saturday, is creating a link between Brainerd’s past and future.

And it is all connected to Brainerd’s beginnings as a railroad center. But for those who think of history with little relevance for today, railroad enthusiasts see an opportunity for future growth linked to Brainerd’s first breaths.

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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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