Weather Forecast


Waiting for a Mentor: Boy wants to learn about mechanics

Have you ever waited for someone? Did you feel the tension in your gut, the anxiousness and shaky hope that you wouldn’t be let down? If so, did you wait for more than a month? More than a year?

Patrick, a 7-year-old from Brainerd, has been waiting for a mentor for over a year and a half.

Are you wondering how this can be?

Well, it’s certainly not because of Patrick. He is a somewhat shy but active kid who likes school and does well in his classes. He would like to be a mechanic when he grows up and to learn about motorcycles and monster-trucks. There aren’t any pets at home, but he likes to be around them. His all-time favorite food is strawberries.

Do you like camping, swimming, fishing and auto-racing? Would you be willing to play board games, go to a baseball game or try model building?

These are Patrick’s dreams and he is waiting for you. Consider being his mentor and bring an end to his long wait.

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 Patrick or any of the kids on Kinship Partners 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.
(218) 855-5889