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Memorial remembers lives lost in the Milford Mine

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MILFORD — Death in a black flood came quickly.

Fifteen minutes after the first sign of trouble and it was over. A fast moving inky mix of mud and water filled the Milford Mine. Forty-one men were dead. Seven survived.


It happened 90 years ago — Feb. 5, 1924.

It remains Minnesota’s worst mining disaster.

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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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