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North Brainerd residents offer mixed reaction to community center plans for Whittier


North Brainerd residents on Monday offered mixed feedback to proposals to establish a community center for health and wellness at the now vacant Whittier Elementary school. While many expressed regrets the school closed in 2008 and concerns about traffic, others seemed resigned that the building would not reopen as a public school again.

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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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