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Three finalists for Business Excellence Award


Success stories can come with common threads.

At least that’s evident in the three finalists for the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s first Business Excellence Award. The companies represent diverse backgrounds — information technology, engineering services and methods of communication.

Finalists are Deerwood Technologies, Range Inc. and Widseth Smith Nolting. They represent cities of Deerwood, Brainerd and Baxter.

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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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