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Got talent? Auditions set for today for Oct. 6 talent presentation

Brainerd High School seniors Julie Ashburn (left), Kelsey Binggeli and Nick Oldh

 Do you have a talent you want to show off? If so, now is your chance. 

The Brainerd Lakes Area Youth as Resources is hosting its second annual Brainerd’s Got Talent at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The talent show is part of Brainerd Community Homecoming week.

Cost to get into the show is $5.

The talent show is open to people of all ages, from toddlers to students to community members, said Kelsey Binggeli, president of YAR and a Brainerd High School senior. Auditions will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom in Brainerd. Auditions will be held to make sure the acts are all age-appropriate. YAR members will then select which auditions will be performed on the stage. More audition dates may be scheduled by calling YAR at 838-0939.

Julie Ashburn, a BHS senior and also a YAR member, said people may audition for the show with any type of talent they have, including singing, dancing, baton throwing to creating an art piece on stage. 

“Brainerd is the center for everyone to come and they can be on stage to be a star,” said Ashburn. “This is their chance to show off their talent, plus it’ll be a blast.”

Another YAR member, Nick Oldham, a senior, said the talent show will be fun and will give people an opportunity to hang out with their friends.

Prizes will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners at the show.

Linda Dockter, YAR adult adviser, said she’d love to see anyone in the community audition. Dockter said the event is important as it brings together students, adults and the older generation. Dockter said in today’s world she does not see the younger and older generations connect as much as they used to and the event will hopefully offer a nice connection.

YAR is under the umbrella of the United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties. YAR is responsible for engaging youths who want to learn about philanthropy; recruiting volunteers for the committee; implementing community events such as Fitness United and iBedirod; and supporting the United Way as an organization in the community.

Dockter said YAR’s mission is to empower young people to make a contribution through service projects of their own design that bring about positive change.

Dockter is looking for adult YAR board members. Anyone interested may contact her at

Monica Nieman, United Way executive director, said the event is a great opportunity for YAR to be involved in homecoming week. Nieman said the United Way is excited to be part of the community event that merges the young and old generations.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851.