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Crow Wing County Board elects Franzen as chairwoman for 2014

Commissioner Rosemary Franzen is the Crow Wing County Board’s new chairwoman for 2014.

The board voted Tuesday for Franzen. She takes the reins from Commissioner Rachel Reabe Nystrom. Crow Wing County commissioners traditionally rotate the responsibilities of chair person.

Commissioner Paul Koering was elected vice chair.

In other business, the board:

Approved Prairie Bay restaurant for another year parking on Crow Wing County property.

Tuesday commissioners approved the request by the Baxter restaurant to park its mobile food truck on the county land in Brainerd to serve county employees and others in the area. The board previously granted permission to do so for one year.

The approval was granted with an annual review. The county reported it did not have other inquiries to do so other than Prairie Bay.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

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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