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Frozen pipes: 'This cold has caught up with us'


Turning on the tap is no longer a guarantee of water, at least for a growing number of homes and businesses across the state.

As frost levels have reached in excess of 7 feet in places, water pipes are freezing. A more typical winter frost depth is about 5 feet.

Brainerd Public Utilities said 124 residences and businesses have dealt with frozen water pipes, with five more added Wednesday.

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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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