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Kellett’s ideals


My grandparents, Fred and Mildred Kellett were both teachers in the area who did their best to set a positive example to their students both on and off the clock. And my grandfather Fred, who once kicked a star player off the team for smoking just before a championship game (which they lost that year). It taught that playing by the rules with integrity is more important than winning. He also taught that a person should take ownership of their mistakes, tell the truth, and do not blame everyone else for them.


I am sadly disappointed that Rep. Ward does not hold himself to this standard. In fact, shocked that he would flat out deny his documented 2010 (First Special Session-HF1) vote to borrow over $2 billion from our schools ($1.963 billion from our E-12 Schools and $100 million from Higher Education).

I am sadly disappointed that he would try to win over my supporters who had “Vote Yes for Marriage” signs by trying to convince them I do not support the marriage amendment (Ward does not support this amendment).

I am more concerned with the type of example Mr. Ward is setting as a teacher and as a Representative than I am about winning. I would rather lose honestly than win dishonestly. And I have my grandparents, particularly my grandpa Kellett, whom I wish could be here with me right now, to thank for that.

Chris Kellett


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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