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Jenkins VFW Meat Raffle: Betting on the bacon

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Some come for the chance to acquire meat, others for the camaraderie, still more come to experience small-town Midwestern Americana at its most iconic.


If one thing is for sure, the meat raffle at the VFW Post 3839 in Jenkins draws a crowd, from locals who've attended for more than a decade to seasonal visitors and road trippers who've caught wind of the raffle's reputation.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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