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Baxter names Maier police officer of the year for 2012

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BAXTER — Matt Maier, singled out for recognition of his police work, credited his four-legged partner.

Maier, Baxter police officer and K-9 handler, was named police officer of the year for the city at Wednesday’s council meeting, the first of the new year.


“It’s a great pleasure to work for the city and (Gator) puts me where I am,” Maier said. “He is truly phenomenal.”

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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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