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By Joel Dodd

Look at your clocks because it is time to be thankful. I am thankful for family, what my mom provides and athletics. I personally love being thankful.

I am thankful for a great family. My loving mom does a lot of things for me. She is raising me to be a Godly Christian man. I have a funny brother who makes me smile. He tells me the best jokes. My siblings always find ways to have fun with me. Once one of my cousins, Brooke, and I played prince and princess.

I am glad for what my mom provides. She provides scrumptious food. My favorite is her juicy beef stroganoff. Yummy. She lets me pick out my own clothes. I usually pick sporty or striped shirts. My mom pays the rent for our apartment. I share a white bedroom with my brother.

I am thankful for athletics. I love to bike. Once I biked to Nisswa. That’s 32 miles round trip! I play BYAA basketball at my school, Forestview Middle School. We have already begun playing games. I also love to play football. I love the feeling of the ol’ pigskin in my hands. My favorite position is quarterback.

As you can see I am thankful for family, what my mom provides and athletics. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving.

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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