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Bethene Marolf holds her newborn twins Ronald Michael Marolf (left) and Patrick

Twin boys are first babies of 2014 in Crow Wing County

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Bethene Marolf always said she wanted to have twin boys and have her children with one shot.

“I just didn’t think God would take me that seriously,” she said.


Nearby, her sons nestled together in a clear bassinet, calmly oblivious to the attention they shared as the first babies of 2014 in Crow Wing County.

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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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