Open forum: Remembering ‘Coach’


We were saddened to hear of the death of Curt Hansen, our beloved “Coach.” Nearly all of his music students lovingly called him that. He was one of a kind.

On reflection, I must say that he was a real gentleman, a lover of music and creativity, and above all, a positive force in the lives of all the choir members he taught in Brainerd.

God bless him, his surviving family, and all those who try to emulate his classroom and community example.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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