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John's Tavern: Last call


Branda Shaw wiped away tears as she thought about losing a place that has been part of her family for more than three decades.

When she sees John’s Tavern, it’s a physical connection to her uncle John Bosch. John and his wife Diane Bosch purchased the small, neighborhood bar on Oak Street in 1977. They wanted to work for themselves and raise their daughters. John worked the night shift, Diane the day.

Holidays. Weekends. Years.

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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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