Nisswa Elementary School celebrates renovations

The school hosts a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, May 3.

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Nisswa Elementary School Principal Molly Raske, far left, and Superintendent Laine Larson celebrate as fourth-graders Ally Oium and Ava Becher cut the ribbon at Nisswa Elementary School's dedication ceremony Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal

NISSWA — In celebration of a number of changes and renovations made to the facility, students and school officials took part in a dedication at Nisswa Elementary School on Tuesday, May 3.

The elementary school’s $12 million improvement and expansion project was completed in time for the start of the 2020 school year. The renovations and additions increased space and improved security at the school. It also modernized the aesthetics of the building.

The renovation project was part of a Brainerd School District facilities improvement project that totaled $205 million - including the $145.71 million bond referendum school district voters approved in April 2018.

Tuesday's event featured 10 speakers, including Superintendent Laine Larson, PTO President Hilary Johnson and newly appointed Nisswa City Council member Jesse Zahn.

After the speakers, Nisswa Elementary School first-graders performed a song called “Think Good Thoughts” for the students, staff and roughly 50 members of the public in attendance.


The event culminated with a ribbon cutting, where fourth-grade students Ally Oium and Ava Becher manned the over-sized scissors.

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Nisswa Elementary School Principal Molly Raske, right, and building and grounds director Reid Thiesse unveil the plaque dedicating the schools renovations on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Nisswa is part of other Brainerd Public Schools buildings hosting official dedications after the last couple of years of building projects.

Dan Determan, sports writer/staff writer, may be reached at 218-855-5879 or . Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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