Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24)
High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn.
College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010)
Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse.
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It’s become apparent that it is no longer summertime. Flip-flops have been swapped for boots and tank tops with sweaters. But while most have realized that the summer days are long behind us, it would appear that some of the produce apt to growing in the summer farming months on The Farm on St. Mathias have not yet realized it.
A slight adjustment will be made in regard to Brainerd High School students science requirements in accordance with the state of Minnesota requirements. Ongoing discussion of how to change requirements throughout the 9-12 grades has been ongoing and was brought forward to the Brainerd School Board Curriculum Committee Friday afternoon. Deb Lechner, director of teaching and learning, presented to the committee current requirements and adjustments.
After playing homecoming concerts at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State University, Mankato in recent weeks, local hip hop artists Midwest Selects are excited for their own homecoming. The trio, made up of brothers Seth and Nik Helland, ages 21 and 18 respectively, and friend Daniel Lauer, 20, will be making their first Brainerd headlining appearance from 6:30-10 p.m. on Saturday at The Pavilion, part of the Legacy Clubhouse at Cragun’s Resort.
Often times the words “I can’t wait to get out on my own and into my own place,” are heard from teenagers across the board. But Wednesday, juniors and seniors from Pillager, Staples and Menhaga got a glimpse on how financially difficult the “real world” can be. More than 200 students participated in Pillager High School’s “Reality Store” day. Started five years ago after witnessing the event at a Wisconsin school, the day lets students pick their career and then, through a computer generated random pick, are given marital and family status.
More than 30 people turned out to hear Baxter City Council candidates speak out to the public during a candidate forum Thursday night in the music room at Central Lakes College. Four candidates — Mark Cross, Tom Hice, Mari Holderness and Todd Holman — vying for two open seats with the council shared many of the same views, especially how great the community is and how much it has grown.
Dondi Allen has withdrawn her name for consideration for the Brainerd City Council Ward 3 seat, endorsing Gary Scheeler. Allen issued the following statement to the Dispatch via email Thursday morning: “I would like to respectfully withdraw from the Brainerd City Council race,” she said. “However, I am not able to remove my name from the ballot. This race has been a great blessing for me to get my feet wet into local politics. I appreciate all of the support I have received. In her email, Allen also included her endorsement of candidate Scheeler.
While the search for Brainerd city administrator has currently been put on hold — approving Theresa Goble to remain as interim administrator during a Sept. 24 meeting — Brainerd City Council extended the contract of consulting agency Springsted Inc., to assist when the search resumes. Council enlisted the aid of Sharon Klumpp, senior vice president of the St. Paul-based executive hiring consultant agency, Springsted Inc., when the administrator search began in July. Klumpp presented in a recent letter some expense options for council to extend their contract with Springsted:
Round and round they go, the city of Brainerd is about ready to introduce drivers and the community to roundabouts following the completion of the College Drive project, tentatively set for Oct. 26. But why roundabouts? Brainerd City Engineer Jeff Hulsether said the decision was based primarily on safety.
Despite the seemingly small space, four veterinary surgeons moved comfortably, tending to animals still sedated and cleaning surgical tools in preparation for the next cut. The surgeons, working with Kindest Cut, took a trip in their mobile surgical unit to the Brainerd lakes area all day on Wednesday, offering low cost spay and neuter services to pet owners. “Our day began today at about 7:30 a.m. and will probably go until at least 4:30 p.m.,” said Krista Dahn, a veterinarian with Kindest Cut since its inception. “It’s a busy day, but it’s such an important service.”
October marks National Bullying Prevention month in schools across the United States and Superintendent Steve Razidlo presented some of the things Brainerd School District schools are doing during Monday night’s school board meeting. In particular, Razidlo highlighted videos recently made by students at Forestview Middle School and posted on YouTube with examples and definitions of what bullying is.