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Child in Need: Shelly looking for a friend


• Who: Shelly.

• Age: 10.

• Hometown: Brainerd.

• Interests: Swimming, fishing, gardening, bike riding and animals.


• Why I want a partner: “I'm alone a lot. I'd like a friend to do fun things with.”

• Current number of children waiting for partners: 29 boys, 21 girls.

Shelly is a great youngster. She is friendly, talkative and loves to go out and do things. She especially loves animals and someday would like to be a veterinarian. She lives with her mom and an older sister. Mom works long hours and her sister is busy with her own life. Shelly would love to have a fun-loving adult female to be her mentor.

Did you know that Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties by providing positive role models to youths from the ages of 5 to 14? We have offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosby.

For more information about Kinship Partners or any of the children on our waiting list, call (218) 829-4606 or (877) 730-5437 or email Or visit our website at

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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