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Chief Bender Award


As a former resident and Brainerd native, I’m always interested in news about home, even though I haven’t lived there since 1952.

Recently I read that the Tampa Rays minor league manager was awarded the Chief Bender Award, who was an American Indian and born in Brainerd. He is also in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Does the city and Brainerd media fully recognize him and pay tribute to him?

Jim Stevens

St. Petersburg , Fla.

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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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