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Open Forum: Invest in students


I’ve been an educator most of my life and have experienced many ups and downs regarding finances. Most educators I worked with , from local to university institutions, were very dedicated to serving their students. Adequate government funding is a major factor investing in our students.


Additionally, individuals and organizations are encouraged to open doors for students through specific scholarship opportunities. Two of them are the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation and the Central Lakes College Foundation.

Dick Ashmun


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 Causecast.org — 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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