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Widseth's Video Helped Brainerd Public Schools Pass a $145,000,000 Bond Referendum
“The video we created with Widseth for the Blueprint 181 building referendum in 2018 was a game changer. It transformed an ambitious idea for the future of our community’s schools into a vision people could wrap their minds around and ultimately embrace. The Widseth team made the process easy for us by researching the plan and issues ahead of time and giving me very specific ideas of the footage they wanted to capture. Filming day was very efficient, and the editing process went smoothly. The whole project felt very collaborative and resulted in a video that we were very proud to have thousands of people view.”
— Cori Reynolds, Director of Community Education & Communications, Brainerd Public Schools
Christmas at the Job Site (Brainerd's Performing Arts Center, Under Construction)
Watch as students from Brainerd High School’s Music Department perform a stirring Christmas carol from an as-yet unconstructed stage, surrounded by steel and undaunted by the frigid December conditions. Structural columns, beams, and concrete walls envelop the musicians and form the bones of Brainerd High School’s future Performing Arts Center, designed by Widseth Smith Nolting. We hope you enjoy watching this video as much as we did making it.
Widseth Leads Successful Referendum Effort for the Pillager School District
Referendums don’t come around very often. When they do, it’s critical to effectively communicate the information voters will need to support your plans for your school. The Pillager School District chose Widseth to guide their referendum communications effort with the following services:
- Led strategy meetings.
- Created a communications schedule.
- Developed clear and concise messaging for newsletters, articles, social media, videos, the district website, and email blasts.
- Established branding guidelines.
- Created stunning renderings of proposed improvements.
- Developed floor plan diagrams that were easy to understand.
- Designed and produced mounted posters for display during events.
- Provided direction for multiple videos.
Our team will help you figure out the best way to effectively communicate the challenges you’re facing, proposed improvements, and financial impacts to voters. Choosing the right words is just as important as creating quality graphics.
Widseth Helps Transform Central Minnesota Christian School with Multi-Phase Project
Widseth has worked with Central Minnesota Christian School on a multi-phase project to enhance the campus’ existing junior/senior high school and elementary school. The schools are now connected by a new link, which serves all grades and includes a cafetorium, kitchen, new gymnasium, choir room, band room, special education classrooms, industrial arts, community weight room, storage rooms, and a green room and prop room for the stage area. A new library, offices, classrooms, and a concession area were also added.
Widseth Designs New Baxter Elementary School to Accommodate District Needs
Widseth designed the new Baxter Elementary School, which has capacity for 625 students in grades K–4. The school features two gymnasiums, a stage that can open to either the cafeteria or gym number one, and a state-of-the-art security system.
The school will help ISD 181 accommodate growth and reduce class sizes. Each grade level has five classrooms and multipurpose flexible rooms. An abundance of windows throughout the school allow natural light to penetrate many areas, which has been shown to increase student achievement and boost energy levels. Construction is slated to wrap up in fall 2020.
Crosslake Community School & LAKE Foundation Relied on Widseth to Help with Fundraising
Long before the first hour bell rang through the halls of the Crosslake Community School’s new building, students, staff, and community members were given a glimpse into what the school would have to offer.
To help the charter school and the LAKE Foundation (the school’s community-based building owner) in their efforts, Widseth produced a virtual tour of the proposed facilities allowing stakeholders to take a morning stroll through the school long before it was built. Anna, the 11-year-old tour guide, leads visitors through the hallways pointing out some of the school’s features, helping people visualize the final project before a shovel hit the ground.
Minnewaska Area High School Baseball Stadium Wins Tink Larson Field of the Year Award
Widseth’s engineers and architects worked with the Minnewaska Baseball Association, the school board, and community members to design a stadium that addresses the wants and needs of many different community groups. Widseth compiled ideas, suggestions, and gathered input from baseball association members to design a facility that is functional, within budget, and enjoyable for all to use.
“The partnership with Widseth was tremendous. Jeff Kuhn is a baseball guy too, so he and I connected right away. Kent Rohr is another guy I spent a lot of time talking to. They were phenomenal. It was easy to work with them and I felt like they truly cared about our project. I’d do a project with you guys again anytime.”
— Brian Gruber, Head Baseball Coach, Minnewaska Area High School