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Betsy Picciano’s career reached a pinnacle when she was named one of four 2011 M

A tip of the hat to Picciano


Betsy Picciano of Central Lakes College, one of four college instructors in Minnesota to receive the highest academic honor, Educator of the Year for 2011, has worn many hats in 33 years as an educator.

The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system selected the versatile educator from 33 MnSCU faculty nominees, including Nancy Smith, CLC health instructor.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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