Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools To Induct Eight This Year

Legendary Women of Brainerd Public Schools To Induct Eight This Year

March 29, 2021 News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

The Legendary Women of Brainerd Schools will be inducting eight into their ranks this Spring. We spoke with Sherri DeLaHunt and Joey Halvorson about the history of the group.

For more information on those being inducted, visit this Facebook page about Brainerd history.

With COVID-19 protocols and distancing still observed, the details for the induction ceremony and celebration:

First, a comprehensive video of the inductees of the Class of 2021, consisting of approximately 250 photographs from their lives, were collected and readied for production by Dan Hegstad, Easy Street Productions. The video features a moving introduction by committee chair Lisa Salo, a narration of the abbreviated biographies of each inductee, also by Lisa Salo, and concluding remarks by BPS Superintendent Laine Larson.

The video is approximately 40 minutes in length and, starting in April 2021, can be found on the Brainerd Public Schools Archives website, located within the website of Brainerd Public Schools at www.isd181.org/district/bpsa. The
video is the 2021 “induction ceremony” for our Legendary Women.

In addition, present planning is to conduct a joint, in person induction ceremony for the Legendary Women Classes of 2021 and 2022, public health permitting, within either the to be completed, renovated BHS, or the attached, entirely new arts center, in March 2022.

Those being inducted are listed below:

Bernice “Bunny” Leckband Humphrey Ostlund (1947) (professional artist)

Donna Winkelman Bjorklund Whalen (1970) (educator)

Jill Carlson Casper (1993) (banking executive)

Katherine Nolan Bensen (1992) (software executive and philanthropist)

Kristi Martinson Ferguson (1967) (medical school educator)

Linda Olsen Engel (1966) (speech educator and clinician, English as Second
Language educator, published author)

Pamela Siegel Thomsen (1978) (accountant, college instructor, business
executive, foundation director, business consultant)

Ruth Henderson Gmeinder (1971) (dietician, public health program director,
grant writer, resort co–owner, philanthropist)