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'The Oddly Wrapped Gift'


LITTLE FALLS — Their friendship seemed unlikely even to them. One, a military man turned middle school teacher who is uncomfortable when his hair gets in shouting range of his ears. The other, a well-traveled artist who loves to cook and has his hair long enough for a pony tail.

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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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