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Commissioner-elect Koering prepares to take office in January


Paul Koering, Crow Wing Commissioner-elect, expects a large learning curve as he takes office in January. A veteran of the state Senate, Koering said he’s learned the county deals with many issues he wasn’t aware of before he started attending meetings.

One of the surprises, Koering said, has been the scope of issues before the board for consideration, including the fight against invasive aquatic species.

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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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