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Child in need

All kids need mentors in their lives, no matter their family situation or income level. While the majority of children enrolled in Kinship Partners are from single parent families, there are some that may live with both parents or have a specific circumstance that could be improved by the involvement of another caring adult outside the immediate family.

This is the case for two boys from the Pequot Lakes area that have been waiting for over a year for mentors.Both boys will be 7th graders this fall and have interaction with their dads. What they really need is an older, “grandpa-type” who will share his life stories and enjoy outdoor activities.

Curtis is an all-around sports guy - put a fishing pole in his hand, hit him a few grounders, or discuss the upcoming Vikings season. He’s easy-going and talkative, does well in school and is just as happy reading a book, playing cards or going to the movies.

Owen wants to be a fishing guide and has all the tackle ready for that ultimate fishing trip. He likes animals, doing science experiments and is inquisitive. Owen likes being around adults and is looking forward to a Kinship friendship.

Would you consider including these boys in your summer fun? Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14.

For more information on Curtis and Owen, or any of the kids waiting for a Kinship Partners mentor call (218) 829-4606 or email

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.
(218) 855-5889