Weather Forecast


Crosslake's Swenson looks forward to leaving stresses of city government


Tom Swenson is looking forward to the day when watching a relentless snowstorm out his window will just be a time to put on another pot of coffee and enjoy the view.

After 33 years working in government and 15.5 years in Crosslake as city administrator, he’s leaving the city post he enjoyed. While he may have wondered if it was the right time before, now the decision has been made Swenson said he’s enjoyed something he hasn’t felt for decades — stress reduction.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

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.
(218) 855-5852