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John Bourgeois

Age: 63.

Live: Ironton.

What are you doing at Central Lakes College (CLC)? “I pick up donations once a week from Pizza Hut and Caribou Coffee and bring it to the Veteran’s Center. I’ve been doing this for four years. The program is through the Harvest Food Center. It’s a way for me to give back.”

Are you a veteran? “I served in Vietnam. I was in the Marines from 1968-69.”

Do you feel veterans are treated better today when they come back from war: “They’re getting a fair shake coming home.

“I have a nephew who just joined the marines. He’s 19 and from Brainerd.”

Hobbies: Motorcycles.

What type of motorcycle do you own: “A Honda Goldwing that fits me.”

Your dream motorcycle: “A Yamaha V Star 1100.”

Most memorable ride: “In Colorado going through the Rocky National Park.”

Family: Wife, Sharon, two adult children and one grandson.

Last book you read: “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” by Laura Hillenbrand.

Tattoo: “I had one done in 1968 of the American flag with U.S.M.C. Something I wanted to get at the time ... It was what you did when you turned 18.”

Your passion: “I harvest wild rice. I’ve been doing it for 20 years. I love being outside. I like eating it and giving it away.”

— COMPILED by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

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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