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Brainerd Public Schools Celebrates Legendary Women Graduates Thursday March 3rd, 2022

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Lauren Nickish joined us on the Thursday Morning Show to talk about the 2022 class of Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools. This year's inductees are
Erin Rosinger Christopher (BHS 2003), Kari Frisch (BHS 1988), Marie Adolphson Landsburg (BHS 1960), Pamela Sellnow O'Rourke (BHS 1977), Diane Nagel Runberg (BHS 1966) and Rebecca Yeh Mathison (BHS 2011).

On March 3, 2022, in a ceremony at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts at Brainerd High School, in a program open to the public and without charge starting with a social hour at 4:30 pm and a program at 5:30 pm (the program also will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/KGVo_M_gdkM)

Within Brainerd Public Schools, over the last four years the organizing committee of the honorary group Legendary Women of Brainerd Public

Schools has inducted 39 women graduates of Brainerd Public Schools into this growing group of extraordinary women who have led distinguished lives of contribution and commitment to the communities in which they
live, around the world, making our common world a better place.

On March 3, 2022, in a ceremony at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts at Brainerd High School, in a program open to the public and without charge
starting with a social hour at 4:30 pm and a program at 5:30 pm, the organizing committee of the Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools will ceremonially induct another six women - in celebration of the public education they had in Brainerd Public Schools, but also in recognition of the good works they have done since their BHS graduations and the inspirational models they are, day in and day out, for BHS students and youth both here and in the far flung communities of the Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools. Inducted
at the same time will be the 9 members of the Class of 2021 Legendary Women, whose in person induction ceremony was postponed by public health difficulties in 2021.

These six women, as the Legendary Women of
Brainerd Public Schools they join previously have done, will readily acknowledge the historical and ongoing contributions of their sisters over the decades, both before and after passage of Title IX: All stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before, including those women who are no longer with us.

The common thread among all of the Legendary Women is Brainerd High School and the public education they
received here, with those public education roots extending down through the now almost 150 years history of Brainerd Public Schools.

Nominations of women graduates of Brainerd Public Schools for future induction into the Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools may be made by requesting a nomination form from BPS Archives at Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401, or by

contacting BPS Archives at bps.history@isd181.org.

The missions of BPS Archives are to protect and preserve the history of BPS, its students, graduates, teachers and staff through the collection and display of BPS related artifacts, to make available to the public those artifacts consistent with best archival practices, to foster community and student interest in BPS student, graduate, teacher, staff and institutional history as a valuable, critical aspect of life, and to support the missions of BPS in serving its students and community.

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 22 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director where she manages producers, hosts local interviews and programs, oversees and manages web stories and establishes focus areas of programming like phenology, clean energy, Indigenous voices, Strong Women, local foods, clean energy, economic development and more. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota. During the pandemic, Heidi hosted 14 months of a weekly statewide conversation on COVID-19 for the AMPERS network.