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Local news briefs- June 28

Blood donating opportunity

Those interested in donating blood can do so from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Assembly of God Church, 13242 Berrywood Drive, Baxter.

Pillager School Board to meet Thursday

PILLAGER — The Pillager Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Media Center to consider bond proposals and resolutions. 

More Wadena-Deer Creek  school bids will be opened Tuesday

WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek School Board members toured the school construction site on Monday to see the progress being made on the new grades 5-12 school.

Kraus-Anderson Project Supervisor Bill Born led WDC School Board members Peter Hayes, Dan Toedter and Ann Pate, as well as WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom and WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant on a guided tour of the construction site, pointing out where certain areas of the school would be and explaining how the project remains to be on schedule. Despite the rainy, windy conditions on Monday, work continued on the cement footings and earthwork on the site.

The second phase of bids will be opened at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. These bids will include the majority of the interior materials needed for the new school.

The new $38 million, 174,000-square-foot school will house 800 students in grades 5-12, making it both a middle school and a high school. Rebuilt on the existing site, the new two-story school is designed to incorporate the newest principles in K-12 learning in an eco-friendly, energy-efficient environment. 

W-DC High School was severely damaged by an EF4 tornado on June 17, 2010. 

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission meets July 5

The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 5 in the airport conference room at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

Host families sought for exchange students

Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE), a nonprofit agency, is searching for host families in Brainerd and surrounding areas for several high school foreign exchange students arriving in August.Students come from Mexico, China, Brazil, Germany and Thailand. Students are 15-18 years old, they speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money. Host families provide a room and meals. Inquire by Aug. 20. 

For more information about being a volunteer host family, contact Mary Armstrong at (866) 601-1933 or Paul Welch, Baxter, 828-3678 or or email