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BAXTER - Who says school reunions have to be big, stressful ordeals?

Inspired by his discovery of an old class portrait, Nick Sucik, a 1991 graduate of Brainerd's Whittier Elementary School, organized a mini-reunion of his fifth-grade pals from the now closed north Brainerd school.

Taking a break from his studies at the University of Northern Arizona, Sucik rounded up four classmates and a special guest, their fifth-grade teacher Tom Swanson.

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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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