Anderson topped the list of quality school board members


Former Brainerd School District Superintendent Elliot Whoolery was the district’s top administrator for nearly 20 years and has no doubts where he’d rank Francis “Babe” Anderson among school board members.

“He stands at the top,” Whoolery said. “We had a lot of good school board members but he and (former school board member) Birney Wilkins really took the reins and pursued a certain project. These were leaders.”

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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