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Brainerd Council President, Bonnie Cumberland, dies at home

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Bonnie Cumberland, who taught countless Brainerd students and worked for a better community, was found dead in her home Monday night.


Soft-spoken and quick to offer an encouraging word to others, Cumberland provided an example of strength and endurance as she battled cancer.

Her sudden death at the age of 67 was a shock to her fellow council members Monday night.

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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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