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Imagine transporting the kite flying experience of youth into a sport that harnesses the wind to power through summer waves or across frozen lakes.

Mike Kratochwill, 43, remembers the moment he was really hooked.

He saw a guy cruising across a snow-covered Minnesota lake. It was like a “near to far” episode of “Sesame Street.” Seemingly in a blink of an eye, the man went from a small figure in the distance to being right in front of Kratochwill.

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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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