Brainerd Dispatch staff writer Jodie Tweed is thankful for her three girls, Erik

Finding beauty amid chaos


“Mommy, look! I’m helping Bea crawl,” my 3-year-old daughter, Madeline, shouted with enthusiasm as I looked up last week to see her pulling her 7-month-old sister, Beatrice, by the head across the wooden floor in our living room.

Fortunately, Bea was wearing fleece pajamas so she slid easily along on her belly. She was completely unfazed by the sudden wild ride and looked up and laughed at her big sister.


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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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