Weather Forecast


Lakes area not out of the woods for fire danger


A brief rain shower with tiny hail Wednesday may have seemed to dampen the fire danger in the lakes area, but it wasn’t enough to quench current dry conditions.

Rains in May and June, which caused widespread flooding concerns, were well above average. But the last two months went the other direction.

Mark Mortensen, Department of Natural Resources program forester, said the last two months were about 50 percent of the average rainfall.

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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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