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Brekke named interim principal of TRF Lincoln High School

Scott Brekke been hired as interim principal and Kelly Weets as interim dean of students at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

They are serving in their new roles under one-year contracts, said Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom.

As interim principal, Brekke takes over for Shane Zutz who resigned to accept a position as human resources director with Digi-Key Corp. in Thief River Falls.

Brekke, who has been employed by the school district for 17 years, has been serving as associate principal at Lincoln High School.

As interim dean of students, Weets has moved into a position which was created to replace the associate principal position.

A media specialist at Lincoln High School for nearly 10 years, she has served on the school's leadership team.

Because of the timing of Zutz's resignation as principal, "we wanted to make sure we got somebody in place quickly, somebody who knew what Lincoln High School needed," said Bergstrom. "Scott was a great natural fit for that position."

Weets is "a really good fit" for her new position, he said.

Together, "they have the potential to be a very good team," he said. "They complement each other."

Whether or not the district will hire into the jobs next spring, "depends on how well Scott and Kelly do in their positions—and we fully anticipate they'll do a great job—we would remove the 'interim' status," he said.

Students recycle

Charlotte Frank-Erickson, who teaches fifth grade at Warwick, N.D., Public School, has made it a point to impress on students the importance of taking care of the environment.

During the past school year, her students gathered more than 4,000 plastic bottles to recycle.

When she joined the Warwick school four years ago, her first class gathered about 1,000 bottles, she said in an email to the Herald. The next year, students recycled 1,520, and last year they collected 2,700.

"But this year's class has topped them all," she said.

Frank-Erickson also leads an annual garden project for the school which is on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation near Devils Lake.

Her passion for protecting the environment started in 1970, when she participated in the first Earth Day at Minnesota State University Moorhead, she said. Since then, she has encouraged her students to participate in Earth Day every year.