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Baxter election turnout reaches 82 percent


BAXTER — An 82 percent voter turnout was reported for the city of Baxter.

On Wednesday, the Baxter City Council met as a canvassing board to formally declare the 2012 election results.

With one in 10 city residents choosing to vote absentee now, Administrator Gordon Heitke wondered how many people would be going to the polls in the future. Heitke praised the election judge work of Doreen Eiesland and Mary Haugen.

In other business, the council:

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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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