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Asteroid to make close pass by Earth Friday, Feb. 15

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It sounds like the plot in a science fiction movie.

An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth at 17,400 miles per hour. It’s estimated to be 150 feet across. And it arrives — today.


But this asteroid is all science and no fiction. It isn’t large enough to cause an extinction event, but it is large enough to level a city of millions.

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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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