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Brainerd City Council members identified local government aid, fire safety funds and public right of way control as priority issues the city would support, should they come up as bills during the current legislative session.
New security features are in place at Brainerd High School starting Wednesday, Feb. 20. All exterior doors on both the north and south BHS campuses will be locked until 7 a.m., six entrances will then be open for a time before doors are locked once more when classes start at 8:20 a.m.
Robot fever is taking over St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School in Brainerd. Gathered in a classroom full of gizmos and gadgets after school Friday, Feb. 15, about 20 energized students took turns driving robots around and working out kinks in their homemade machines. The idea for a robotics program came from parent Gina Walker, who had a friend with a son in robotics elsewhere and knew she wanted to find something similar for her daughter.
A complete rewrite of Brainerd's zoning ordinance may be in the city's near future. The idea unfolded while the planning commission met for a beginning of the year retreat Wednesday, Feb. 13, to discuss plans for the coming year. With the recent retirement of longtime city planner Mark Ostgarden and the restructuring of the planning department under the leadership of David Chanski, new community development director, commission members wanted to develop specific objectives going forward. The first item on the docket: zoning and related ordinances.
With several building projects moving along in the Brainerd School District, the school board approved a set of site standards for district construction projects Monday, Feb. 11. Chris Ziemer, project manager with ICS Consulting, presented the standards Monday, noting they were developed in part by district administrators, board members, teachers and building administrators to promote safety and consistency throughout district facilities. Safety, Ziemer noted, is the biggest priority.
Brainerd High School now joins the majority of Minnesota schools in distributing school-issued laptops to students. Starting next fall, Brainerd High School students will receive Chromebooks from the district, becoming one of at least 55 percent of Minnesota schools offering some sort of 1:1 device program, according to a 2016 study by the Minnesota Department of Education. Sarah Porisch, director of the technology in the district, presented Brainerd School Board members with a 1:1 Chromebook policy and usage handbook Monday, Feb. 11.
Brainerd School District students will not have a spring break next year, but they will have two additional long weekends. The school board approved a calendar Monday, Feb. 11, for the 2019-20 school year that does not include a spring break, meaning classes will end about a week and a half earlier than usual to allow for a longer construction season with all the district's upcoming building projects.
The days of "Hey, Culligan Man" are coming to a close, but the business itself is still booming. For younger generations who might not understand that reference, you're not alone. The 1960s-70s advertising slogan likely strikes a chord with older folks, but Culligan Water, established in 1936, is doing away with the iconic phrase in efforts of appealing to millennials and an emerging group of consumers identified as "life quenchers."
From Minnesota to Colorado to Texas and back again. That's the path that led David Chanski to his new post as Brainerd's community development director. Following the retirement of longtime city planner Mark Ostgarden at the beginning of the year, the city restructured its planning department into community development, encompassing more staff under one umbrella to better further the city's goals. When Maple Grove native Chanski heard of the opening while living in his wife's Texas hometown, he decided to jump on the opportunity.
Teaching wasn't always June Dahlgren's passion. The former dental assistant now turned teacher of the year realized her calling in education 28 years ago, when her youngest daughter was born in the neonatal intensive care unit with a disability. "That opened up a whole other world of just learning about resources and learning what to do when your child isn't meeting those milestones and not developing in the way that's so-called 'typical,'" she said Tuesday, Feb. 5, while sitting in her classroom at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd.