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Local news briefs — Mar. 29

Move, Drop and Read event planned in Motley

MOTLEY — The Staples-Motley Early Childhood Coalition announced plans to host its Move, Drop (everything) and Read event 6-7:15 p.m. April 14 in the Motley Big (new) Gym for children ages 0-5 and their families.  

Move, Drop (everything) and Read is described as a fun-filled safe environment where children can explore the wonder of reading as well discovering how important it is to feed the brain with activity and movement as well.

Participants will move through six stations alternating between reading and a movement activity. Activities will include an obstacle course, playing with hula hoops, and parachute play. 

The evening will conclude with singing and dancing. Door prizes will be awarded and each child/family will receive a free book. 

Brainerd Ed summer programs enrollment set

Brainerd Community Education is accepting applications for parents to enroll their children in summer programming from April 18 to May 13.

The summer programs are for KinderClub Early-Age Care and Pre-K serving 4- and 5-year-olds at Washington Educational Service Building; Fun ‘N’ Friends serving students in kindergarten through fourth grade, Senior Leaders serving students in fifth- eighth grade and School-Age Care and Enrichment program with summer location sites at Nisswa Elementary and Washington school.

For more information on KinderClub call 454-6977 and Fun ‘N’ Friends/Senior Leaders call 454-6950.

The Community Education guide to summer adventure classes and activities will be mailed out to all School District 181 residents on Friday. Summer Adventure registration starts Monday, with a deadline date of May 27. Call Brainerd Community Education at 454-6924 for more information on classes and activities.

Spring II YMCA swim lesson schedule available on website, at YMCA

The Brainerd Family YMCA’s next swim lesson session is coming soon. The lesson schedule is available now at the YMCA and on the web at  The YMCA has an exciting addition to this session, two different levels of adult swim lessons. The session begins the week of April 11 , and meets once a week for six weeks. YMCA members can begin registering for classes April 5. Community members can begin on Thursday, April 7. Contact the Brainerd Family YMCA at 829-4767 or stop by at 602 Oak Street in Brainerd to register.

Alzheimer’s presentation planned

“Memory Changes: A presentation for understanding and coping,” will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at 14890 Beaver Dam Road, Brainerd. Learn Alzheimer’s warning signs, early detection importance and treatment, adapting/coping skills and improving interpersonal relationships. The event is hosted by Edgewood Vista. For more information call Esther Gieschen at (218) 733-2560.

Brainerd dancers selected for All-State team

Four dancers from Brainerd recently were selected and participated in the All-State Dance Team at Wayzata High School. Dancers were auditioned by video tape and chosen if they met a criteria of high skill level. 

Dancers were Jordyn Beckman and Allie Spieker for the high kick category and Grace Gilbertson and Brianna Nieymeyer for the jazz division.

Brainerd head coach Cindy Clough was chosen to coach the Class 3A kick division.

“Ali (Clough) actually ended up doing most of the work,” Clough said in an e-mail news release. “We choreographed it together, but it ended up being most of her ideas. We coached together and  had a fun day. It was great working with all high level dancers. When you work with the best of the best, things shape up quickly. It was exciting to see what you could do in such a short amount of time.”

At the event, each class performed a kick and a jazz routine, so a total of six individual routines. There was also an opening in which each individual dancer performed a short solo of skills. All athletes then joined together for the final number.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.