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Reader opinion: Vote yes, yes, yes!

At a recent Rosenmeier Forum at CLC, BLAEDC Key Recruiter Mike Bjerkness shared that the first thing potential high-end recruits ask him about the Brainerd area is our schools. Obviously, this is a key factor people consider when moving to a new ...

At a recent Rosenmeier Forum at CLC, BLAEDC Key Recruiter Mike Bjerkness shared

that the first thing potential high-end recruits ask him about the Brainerd area is our

schools. Obviously, this is a key factor people consider when moving to a new

community, especially if they have children.

At a time of workforce shortages and competition with other regional centers around the

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state and the metro area, key community amenities (like a performing arts center) and

other assets can make the difference between our businesses and community thriving

or struggling. In addition, having quality schools with the latest in hands-on learning

opportunities is vital in preparing our youth for health care, the trades, manufacturing,

and other jobs they will help fill here after graduating.

Education is the key to breaking generational poverty and achieving the American

Dream. It is one of the pillars of a healthy economy and community. Preparing all of our

students for success, including those going directly into local jobs is vital for us. And now, having safe schools is more important than ever.

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Someone before me helped support the schools my two, successful daughters attended. It is time for me, and others to pay it forward to current and future generations

of students. With the River to Rails, and so many other positive things happening here,

we need to keep the momentum moving forward.

All of these factors point to the need for investing in our schools, which are in need of maintenance and upgrading. ISD 181 has been thorough and transparent in their research and planning, and the monthly cost to most of us is less than a meal out. Our

kids' and our community's future is well worth it. Please vote yes times three on April 10.

Karl Samp

Executive director, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

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