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Biz Buzz Dec. 25

Michael J. Perkins, Nisswa author, released his first children’s book “Buddy’s Adventures: Lost Bone” and said the book is “especially suited to help children get excited about the outdoors and nature.”

In the book, which Perkins wrote and illustrated, Buddy “is a happy-go-lucky dog who has lost his bone and has a great adventure interacting with the local wildlife characters who try to help him find it. There are hidden animals throughout the book and a hidden bone on the turn of each page.”

Families familiar with the joy of finding the character Goldbug and remember “Where’s Waldo,” will understand how well that works with young readers.

“The book also has a nice surprise ending with a small lesson: watch out ... what you’re looking for might be right under your nose,” Perkins wrote.

The book, he said, is geared to children age preschool to age 8. Perkins said in releasing the book he wanted to share a passion for nature and the outdoors with children just as his father and grandfather did. Perkins said he is donating 10 percent of the royalties to The Humane Society.

In his biography, Perkins said he received his bachelor of fine arts at St. Cloud State University and has been an art/creative director in television, video and animation, creating an animated character “Digger the Dozer” for a children’s DVD.

The book is available at and a video trailer is on YouTube.

Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home received final approval from the city of Baxter this week to expand to Baxter for the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral and Cremation Center, 7761 Excelsior Road, in what used to be The Photo Center.

Radco Truck Accessory Center, Highway 25, Brainerd, received the go-ahead from the city of Baxter to move into the former Floor to Ceiling Store off Highway 371.

And on a personal note, thanks for reading the Dispatch and turning to these pages to keep up on business in the lakes area — and have a Merry Christmas.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at or 855-5852. Follow on Twitter @Dispatchbizbuzz.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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