High frequency hearing loss is prevalent, Engelbrecht said. Especially for those whose hearing loss is due to noise exposure, age or family history. It’s caused by nerve damage to the inner ear and can’t be fixed. Most people don’t notice the loss right away because it’s very slow over a long period of time. It’s because that hearing loss is so slow that many people don’t realize it until a family member or friend points it out (often many, many times), Engelbrecht said. Often, it takes a lot of urging from those closest to the patient to go in for a hearing test.
The decision to keep John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” in the Brainerd school curriculum was upheld Monday by the school board. The book was recently brought under the microscope after parent Doug Kern told the board he thought some of the language and terms used were vulgar and inappropriate. Kern argued terms used in the book like “Jesus Christ,” (used as curse words) “(the n-word),” and “Japs,” were “appalling.”
In anticipation of school district implementing “flex zones,” the Brainerd School Board held the first reading of a policy that better lays out who can change school boundaries and how. The board on Monday unanimously approved the move. Late last year the board agreed to look more into flex zones. The plan has been in the works for more than a year by school officials in an effort to level out the class sizes among each of the 100 kindergarten through fourth-grade classrooms in the district.
Four people had a chance to voice why they should be Brainerd’s next superintendent. The Brainerd School Board held its first round of interviews of candidates for the superintendent position Wednesday. The final three will be interviewed Thursday. The process is an effort to find a replacement for current Superintendent Steve Razidlo, who announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year. He accepted a three-year contract as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria.
An order to clear the “illegal flea market” on Pine Street has been upheld by a city committee. Now, property owner Chad Ross has 10 days to appeal the decision to the Brainerd City Council, or should he not finish cleaning the property by April 11, the city will have the authority to come in and do the work for him. The cost of the removal would be charged against the property via an assessment. The property is currently in foreclosure.
The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating possible foodborne illnesses after some people got sick after a Nisswa Lion’s Club meeting. The March 24 Lion’s club meeting was conducted at the Nisswa Community Center. Food was served by the regular caterer, Red, White and Blue Catering of Nisswa, said Lion’s club president Duane Blanck. The investigation is ongoing, said Doug Schultz, of the Communications Department at the Minnesota Department of Health. “We don’t have much yet,” he said.
Seven people will be interviewed this week for the superintendent position at the Brainerd School District. At a special Brainerd School Board meeting Monday, the group met with School Exec Connect consultants Charlie Kyte and Toni Johns to hear the proposed candidates in finding a replacement for current Superintendent Steve Razidlo. Razidlo announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year. He accepted a three-year contract as superintendent at The American International School in Vienna, Austria.
There’s good news and bad news with the impending spring snow storm. The good news: the Brainerd lakes area will only see 1 to 3 inches of fresh snow, as opposed to the six inches first predicted. The bad news, however, is that sleet and freezing rain will likely be mixed in with that system. That’s the potentially dangerous aspect of this “hard to predict” storm system, said Melody Lovin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth.
It came down to $100. That was the deciding factor between two career paths that Paul Sailer could have chosen. It was just after the Vietnam War and Sailer, a helicopter pilot, had to decide between a job in shoreland management or one as a social worker, which offered an extra $100 pay per month. Although his interest was in shoreland management, Sailer chose to become a social worker. After all, he had a new family to support and that extra $100 a month would help. “I haven’t regretted that decision since,” he said.
Another eight middle-schoolers have asked to be pushed up to varsity teams. The trial of formally allowing seventh- and eighth-graders to accelerate to varsity teams is running smoothly, the district activities directors reported at a Brainerd School Board Curriculum Committee meeting Thursday. Three boy swimmers spent their recent season on the varsity team, and all three said it was a positive “experience and felt it was good for them,” said Charlie Campbell, high school activities director.