Life-changing moment


In the blink of an eye, Kelsey Peterson’s life changed.

The 27-year-old dance major and yoga instructor grew up on Bay Lake. She graduated from the University of Montana as a fine arts, dance major. This summer, she was in Duluth for a girlfriend’s wedding enjoying time on Lake Superior. On July 4, she dove off a boat into shallow water of the big lake’s Long Island and suffered a severe spinal injury. She is currently paralyzed from the mid-chest down.

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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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