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Waiting for a Mentor: Beat winter blues, be a mentor

Winter drags on while we keep walking our well-worn paths to school and work. This time of year is a challenge for a lot of us but for others the cold dreary days don’t seem to drag them down. What is their secret?

Maybe it’s because happiness is a habit and we need to intentionally choose it. What are some of those choices? How about appreciating what we have, being considerate, forgiving and laughing? Another more important choice would be investing ourselves in friendships and relationships with others.

There is a simple joy in spending time with a child; the smiles and heartaches, the satisfaction of influencing a life. Here at Kinship Partners we match kids in our community with caring adults willing to give a boy or girl a helping hand by showing them consistency and friendship.

Feeling a little blue and drained this winter? Open your heart and your life to a child. Be a mentor.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. We have offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples.

For more information about any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-829-4606, toll free at 877-730-5437 or visit our website 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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