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Turkey Trot is Thursday

We are at a very special time of the year - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. While the past couple years have been very difficult times for many of us, I feel we all still have much for which to be thankful. We just need to look for the good things which have happened in our lives. I learned early in life to not dwell on my own hardships as there is always someone else who is worse off than me. I was taught to look for the good and see the positive in all of life's challenges. I believe we are all made special and unique, with individual strengths and talents.

I want to share with you one of the things for which I am very thankful, Shriner's Hospital and the individual Shriners. Most of you know that I have a deformed right arm. Probably not many of you know however, that Shriner's Hospital provided me with the medical care I needed for my arm for the first 16 years of my life. I had multiple surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy sessions and out patient treatment all at no cost to my family. The Shriners and Shriner's Hospital hold a very special place in my heart. I can never say enough times to them, thank you! That is why I hope you will join me Thanksgiving morning at Super One Foods parking lot for the Turkey Trot Run/Walk. All of the proceeds from this will go to Shriner's Hospital. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race/walk beginning at 9 AM. Thanks to the Shriners, Kara, Henry and all committee members for organizing this. What a great opportunity to show your thankfulness by giving back to others.

Happy Thanksgiving and God bless us all.

Rep. John Ward

District 12A


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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