Weather Forecast


Giving thanks

Giving thanks

It’s amazing to me, but Thanksgiving and the holiday season is nearly here already. I hope you and yours are healthy, happy, and have a lot to be thankful for this year.

As your legislator, I’ve spent a lot of time in our communities and I continue to be amazed by your talents, your generosity to those in need, and your fierce love of our country and our great state. I’m so thankful to live in and represent our great area. Our community always responds with grace and kindness and I’ve always believed that sustains us in tough times.

With Veterans Day just passed, this is another great time to thank our veterans and current military service members. It’s said time and time again that we owe our veterans everything — and it’s true. From this generation of veterans, to the generations long before us, our veterans have kept us safe, preserved democracy, and defeated some of the greatest evil the world has ever known. We owe them an immeasurable amount of gratitude and respect.

Our communities also deserve thanks for their great support of our schools. We know that a great education system now will improve our economy over the long haul and that it needs to be a priority. You can’t talk about education without thinking of our great teachers and staff and thanking them as well. They do an incredible job teaching our children and instilling a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Finally, I’m thankful for my wonderful family and friends, the great times spent with them, and all the blessings we’ve received. This Thanksgiving, please take a moment to reflect on what you’re thankful for, and may God bless you and your families.

Rep. John Ward


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