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Fourth option for Whittier identified

A fourth proposal is now in consideration for the future of the closed Whittier Elementary School in north Brainerd.

The proposal, submitted by Duane Halvorson of Hugo, arrived in the mail Monday, but was postmarked Feb. 1 — the deadline, qualifying it to be considered by the Whittier Task Force.

Halvorson’s proposal outlines a chemical dependency treatment program.

Whittier closed more than four years ago due to budget constraints. A task force was put together to help find a use for the building.

The Whittier Task Force meets again Feb. 13.

The other proposals include:

• Northern Pines Mental Health Center Inc. — Whittier Elementary Community Center for Health and Wellness.

• North Side Neighborhood (prepared by Daniel Thornton) — North Side Community and Athletic Center.

• Laura A.C. Leckband and Richard T. Russell — Brainerd Lakes Area Science and Technology Center.

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