If you’re seeing lasers, no need to panic. It’s likely just the upcoming laser show at the Forestview Middle School planetarium. Hosting the laser show is an effort to raise about $2,500 for a new program for the planetarium’s community Christmas show. There are six different themes for the laser shows, each playing to theme-specific music.
Students won’t go hungry in most area school districts if their accounts are in the red. Many eyes are on school policies after a recent survey was released showing most Minnesota schools withhold a hot lunch, and in some cases any lunch, to youngsters who can’t pay. Policies locally range from students never being denied a hot lunch to teens being told they must pay before eating.
A new president and vice president will be elected at the next Brainerd City Council meeting. Then, the council will put a call out to residents to apply for the vacant at-large seat, which was left empty after council President Bonnie Cumberland died. Council member Dale Parks currently serves as vice president. Just how to go about the process of choosing the replacement is up to the council at the meeting, which will be conducted Tuesday because of the holiday Monday, said new City Administrator Patrick Wussow.
The Brainerd School District is talking with two entities in hopes of a resolution for the former Whittier school building. At the School Board meeting Monday, officials unanimously approved a committee recommendation to approach the city of Brainerd and Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, to see if either are interested in acquiring the Whittier building.
What started as three people wanting to shed a few pounds, quickly ballooned into more than 200 Brainerd school employees and family members trying to get healthier. The massive health initiative has helped the group lose an estimated average of 9.39 pounds each in 17 days.
BAXTER — A new student in the classroom at Forestview Middle School caused quite the stir. That student came in the form of a 5-week old English Springer Spaniel named Sage — a puppy everyone wanted to pet. The pup was there with a few other dogs as part of a puppy imprinting and bonding class, taught by Sophie Haglin, co-owner of Pine Shadows Kennels in Brainerd. The out-of-the-ordinary class was part of Forestview Middle School’s eighth-grade Exploratory Day.
A colorful card with a flower on the cover. Distinct swirls in the handwriting. Hundreds of people have received such a card, read that flowing writing. Brainerd City Council President Bonnie Cumberland sent many in her lifetime. To say thank you. You’re appreciated. She’s thinking of you. Get well. Merry Christmas. Stay strong. You’re doing a good job. The messages were endless — the thought of each, genuine. Cumberland was found dead in her home Monday night. She was 67. The city of Brainerd lost its No. 1 advocate, said many who knew her.
Calling all Mississippi River enthusiasts. The city of Brainerd wants residents to be part of a steering committee. The purpose: help lead an effort to draft a plan for a riverfront development, which could include a river walk. The Brainerd City Council unanimously approved seeking applicants for the steering committee at its meeting Monday. City council members Gary Scheeler, Bonnie Cumberland and Kelly Bevans were absent.
All six Brainerd elementary schools have been nominated for the national “highest honor” of Blue Ribbon School. The state of Minnesota had a total of eight nominations, six of which are in the Brainerd School District. “It’s unprecedented, the amount of nominations in one school district,” said Superintendent Steve Razidlo. He added of the Blue Ribbon status, “It’s the highest honor you can get. The highest you can achieve.”
An unusually high number of canceled school days has some area districts still guessing how to make them up. Four days of school is what most districts have called off so far this year. That’s the most days many can ever remember in one year. “Uncanny,” says Brainerd Superintendent Steve Razidlo. “An anomaly,” said Pequot Lakes Superintendent Chris Lindholm. “Unprecedented,” says Pillager Superintendent Chuck Arns. And winter isn’t over yet. February and March can bring more snow and more cold. Maybe even more canceled school days.