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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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