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Tourism summit shows optimism for summer season


NISSWA — When Seth Neistadt traveled from California to Minnesota for the first time last August, the only thing he’d heard about the state had to do with extreme weather.

That’s something the tourism industry would like to change. And this year, if funding levels are elevated for the state’s tourism arm, Explore Minnesota expects to have more resources to show there is more to the state than weather headlines.

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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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