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Cookies for Cops

Sam Anderson (left), director of Brainerd's Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge program, prays with law enforcement officers Russ Wicklund, Jim Exsted, Mike Bestul, Paul Rosier and Craig Katzenberger Tuesday outside of Perkins in Brainerd. The off...

Sam Anderson (left), director of Brainerd’s Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge program, prays with law enforcement officers Russ Wicklund, Jim Exsted, Mike Bestul, Paul Rosier and Craig Katzenberger Tuesday outside of Perkins in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch)
Sam Anderson (left), director of Brainerd’s Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge program, prays with law enforcement officers Russ Wicklund, Jim Exsted, Mike Bestul, Paul Rosier and Craig Katzenberger Tuesday outside of Perkins in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch)

Sam Anderson (left), director of Brainerd's Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge program, prays with law enforcement officers Russ Wicklund, Jim Exsted, Mike Bestul, Paul Rosier and Craig Katzenberger Tuesday outside of Perkins in Brainerd. The officers hold bags of cookies given to them by a group that wishes to remain anonymous. With recent tragedies around the United States, a group who has been having coffee every Saturday at Perkins since 1975, wanted to do something to recognize the efforts of local law enforcement in protecting the community. Using Perkin's buy 3 get 3 free program to multiply the numbers, the group worked with Perkins' manager to set the 'Cookies for Cops' in motion, giving over 200 cookies to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Brainerd Police Department and Baxter Police Department. Anderson sent the officers and squads back to their duties with a prayer for safety and to pass along the message to the rest of law enforcement that "they are appreciated."

Growing up in the Brainerd lakes area I realized that I never wanted to leave, so it is a true blessing that I was able to find a job at the Dispatch doing something I love. As a visual journalist, I work in the mediums of photography and videography to bring our readers everything from sports, hard news, weather and local events to slice of life documentation of our coverage area.
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