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Births- Mar. 22

Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd

Chantel Schardin and Tyler Peterson-Johnson, Brainerd, a girl, Ava Lynn Peterson-Johnson, 6 pounds, 2 ounces, March 9, 2011. Grandparents are Scott and Kristi Schardin, Brainerd, and Leslie Shiver and Dean Johnson, Minneapolis.

Jeremiah Kretzman and Kelsey Haff, Brainerd, a girl, Jessalyn Annalee Kretzman, 5 pounds, 13 ounces, March 9, 2011. Grandparents are Greg and Kathy Kretzman, Baxter, Leslie Haff, Duluth, and Chad Shaw, Brainerd.

Lakewood Health System, Staples

Tanya Hotakainen and Richard Schmitz, Staples, a boy, Brady Isaac, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, March 8, 2011.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby

Brett and Naomi Olsen, Brainerd, a boy, Emmett Jeffrey, 8 pounds, 5.8 ounces, March 14, 2011. Grandparents are Steve and Kathy Olsen, Brainerd, and Mike and Deb Hyland, Brainerd.

Out of town

Greg Kohl and Michele Jones, Fort Ripley, a girl, Kaitlyn Kohl, 7 pounds, .5 ounces, Feb. 10, 2011. Grandparents are Al and Nancy Kohl, Fort Ripley, and Ronald and Linda Jones, Brainerd. Great-grandma is Arlene Jones, Brainerd.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.