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Three men share stories of survival at BIR


Three men, from different cities and generations, shared a significant moment near Brainerd this summer — their hearts stopped beating.

The men returned to Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) Sunday to meet the people involved in taking the first steps to bringing them back from the edge of death.

All three were revived after being in full cardiac arrest this past August during the Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association.

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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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