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Permit numbers show recessions effects


Across the lakes area, permit numbers provide a numerical look at the Great Recession’s effects.

In Baxter, housing construction — up to 90 new homes in 2005 — dropped to six in 2011. Last year, the city saw a rebound of 10 permits issued for new homes.

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department reported building permits rose 32 percent between 2011 and 2012. The county issued 991 building permits last year compared to 752 permits in 2011.

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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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