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Harrison fourth grader Madi Genz stops motorists Tuesday morning as students wai

Back to school: Children crossing


Brand-new tennis shoes and cartoon character backpacks stocked with freshly sharpened pencils and notebooks were in full force throughout the Brainerd lakes area Tuesday as summer vacation came to an end with the first day of school.

While moms and dads dropped their little ones off in the outfit that was laid out the night before — or in some cases weeks prior — ready for a day of learning, fourth-grader Madi Genz added some extra style to her first-day outfit in vibrant orange.

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Jessi Pierce
Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24) High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn. College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010) Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse. Follow me on Twitter @jessi_pierce (views on Twitter do not represent that of the Brainerd Dispatch)
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