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Twenty-three students in kindergarten through 12th grade have left Brainerd Public Schools since October, but the district also has gained 73 students in the early childhood special education program this school year. The Brainerd School Board Monday heard an update from Steve Lund, Brainerd Schools director of business services, on how enrollment has progressed through the 2016-17 school year. Lund calculated his enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 through March 1.
Last month the Brainerd School Board hired three companies to continue the district's work on its comprehensive long-range facilities plan. Monday, the board heard what the companies have done with the plan in the first month.
PINE RIVER—Who killed Rachel Anthony? That question has lingered in many minds over the past 16 years.
Alyssa Neistadt Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School mock trial.
A structure filled with two to three cords of wood, hay and equipment was lost to fire Saturday at a homestead southwest of Garrison. The Garrison Fire Department was called at 5:41 p.m. to a detached garage fire on the 24000 block of Crow Wing County Road 26, which was threatening the home and an outbuilding on the property.
The Brainerd High School mock trial team gave its best shot this past weekend in the state tournament at the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud. Brainerd competed against 12 mock trial teams, where all the teams participated in three separate trials with the top two winning teams competing in the championship trial. BHS Mock Trial Coach Jan Carlson said Monday the team won one trial and lost two, which were close. Carlson said the trials are based on a 300-point scale and Brainerd was within 10 points of its competition.
The case against Byron Smith—who is serving two concurrent life sentences, without the possibility of parole, for killing two teens who broke into his home in Little Falls in 2012—may head to federal court for a new trial.
Mari Kalabegashvili Grade: Senior Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Art.
STAPLES—"Did I win?" 13-year-old Meryl Tigenoah, a Forestview Middle School eighth-grader, asked Thursday at the end of The Lakes Bee, a regional spelling bee held at the National Joint Powers Alliance in Staples. Lakes Bee officials initially answered "yes," she was the champion. However, there was confusion on whether or not the Baxter teen was the winner or not.
DEERWOOD—A fire—ruled an arson—not only destroyed two structures early Wednesday morning in Deerwood, but destroyed hope in close to 30 families in need. Fire consumed Salem WEST in Deerwood, a donation center established by the Salem Lutheran Church that serves as a storage site for donated clothing and household goods delivered to families in need. The fire also damaged a neighboring detached garage.