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Last month’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 young children and six educators dead, had many parents concerned about the safety of their own children at area schools.

“I think we all feel shaken by this and I understand how hard it is for parents to send their children to school today,” Pine River-Backus Superintendent Cathy Bettino said right after the tragedy.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.