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With about three months now at the helm, Beth Wilms is settling into her role as

Wilms brings her style into community services role

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When Beth Wilms arrived in Brainerd to take the reins as Community Services director, she was told she had big shoes to fill. 

“I brought my own,” Wilms replied. 

Her predecessor, Susan Beck, retired at the end of 2010 after 34 years with the county. Wilms said she had a lot of respect for Beck, department director since 1998. But Wilms expected to bring her own brand of management to the role. Beck said that’s a good thing. 

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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 Causecast.org — 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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