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Rudy's gift to us: Northland Arboretum


Rudy Hillig’s death on May 31 caused more than one Northland Arboretum enthusiast to think about what might have happened had he not founded the arboretum that straddles the Brainerd-Baxter border behind the Westgate Mall.

Years ago, the site was a city dump on the largely unpopulated west side of the Mississippi River. Nothing special in the eyes of many of those who lived here in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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