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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Following interviews with six Brainerd city administrator candidates Monday and Tuesday, council members made a motion to offer the position to Nathan Burkett — current county administrator for Todd County — following a background check and employment contract negotiations. The motion was approved with a 5-1 vote with council president, Mary Koep, voting against the offer. A factor — though not the only one — in voting no, Koep said, was due to charges brought against Burkett’s wife, Kim, of theft and theft by swindle in Todd County.
More than 40 parents turned out for the first Riverside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting Tuesday night, many with the same concerns in mind: the latest pick-ups of children at the elementary school. New Riverside Principal Jodi Kennedy shared those same concerns, with an emphasis on her concern for safety after witnessing the after-school pick-ups during the first few days. Her concerns forced some changes to be tried beginning Sept. 7, which prompted parents to speak out on Tuesday.
Brainerd City Council members have had a busy two days, as applicants for the vacant city administrator position came into town for interviews and city tours Sept. 10 and 11. A total of six candidates made it to the official interview stage with council members, a number that was cut down from the starting field of 54 applicants. Following the conclusion of all interviews, council made a motion to offer the position to Nathan Burkett, contingent on a background check and employment contract negotiations. Those interviewed Monday and Tuesday included:
There’s no doubt that the amount of time put in by Brainerd School District staff and teachers throughout the school year is staggering. But the 16,095 hours and 45 minutes of total estimated volunteer time during the 2011-12 school year, is another impressive number. Susan Rogers, district volunteer coordinator, presented during the Monday night school board the estimated time put in throughout the district school, noting the hard work and dedication to the district in the community.
F or Jodi Kennedy, the excitement felt on the first day of school was similar to that felt by the more than 620 kindergarten through fourth graders at Riverside Elementary School. A new school year, and for Kennedy, a new school.
To allow for more time to review, Brainerd City Council members granted a 60-day extension on the decision of whether to approve Justin Imgrund’s application for conditional use permit for an automotive sales and service business on Washington and Northwest Second streets.
Between the falls on the playground, bathroom accidents and lunchroom messes, elementary schools in the Brainerd School District often go through clothes to replace messy and inappropriate outfits. So often that district substitute nurse Martha Bolton saw a need for clothes and knew she could help.
Brand-new tennis shoes and cartoon character backpacks stocked with freshly sharpened pencils and notebooks were in full force throughout the Brainerd lakes area Tuesday as summer vacation came to an end with the first day of school. While moms and dads dropped their little ones off in the outfit that was laid out the night before — or in some cases weeks prior — ready for a day of learning, fourth-grader Madi Genz added some extra style to her first-day outfit in vibrant orange.
Brainerd City Council President Mary Koep said she appreciated the time and research council member Bob Olson put into his review of city finances, but further discussion on it was put to an end Monday night. During a special city council meeting on Aug. 7, Olson presented council with information reflecting his research of city finances, claiming inaccuracies and asking questions of city finance director and city auditor. Response from both the auditor and city finance director and acting city interim, Theresa Goble, presented answers and clarification to Olson’s information.
Steve Ogren walked comfortably through the hallways of Lake Region Christian School (LRCS) one week before the approaching 2012-13 school year is set to begin. An ease and excitement that’s not hard to understand, with Ogren affectionately calling LRCS “almost like home.” In his sixth year as the school’s principal, Ogren’s familiarity comes from seeing the school in all aspects: as a student, teacher and now as principal. And with each passing year, Ogren said his passion for the school’s and student’s success grows a little bit more, just like the school itself has grown.