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Waiting for a Mentor: The gift of laughter

Have you ever met a kid whose sense of humor brought a bit of sunshine to your day?

Zander is one of those boys, who while cracking a smile can answer the simplest question while putting a comical spin to it.

When describing his family, he jokingly comments on each of them and then quickly adds “don’t forget the three dogs, one cat and a gazillion fish.”

Zander has enjoyed snowboarding and sledding this winter but is really looking forward to fishing and swimming this summer. He gets a horrified look on his face and proclaims, “If the snow ever melts!” We all can attest to that.

What would Zander like to do with his Kinship Partner? The list is too long but one thing can be said for this young man; he will make it fun.

Are you tired of waiting for things to warm up? Consider being Zander’s mentor. By giving him the gift of friendship, you will certainly be given the gift of laughter.

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 Zander or 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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