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Haapajoki presented Service to Mankind Award

A surprised Eryk Haapajoki smiles Wednesday after being presented the Service to Mankind award by the Brainerd Sertoma Club at Bonanza Steakhouse. Haapajoki has devoted his time and energy to several organizations throughout the area. For more th...

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A surprised Eryk Haapajoki smiles Wednesday after being presented the Service to Mankind award by the Brainerd Sertoma Club at Bonanza Steakhouse. Haapajoki has devoted his time and energy to several organizations throughout the area. For more than 16 years, Haapajoki has been the director of the Brainerd Men's Softball Invitational, a fundraiser for his father, Jon C. Haapajoki's Foundation, which serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at Camp Sertoma. He serves on the Brainerd Youth Athletic Association and the Brainerd Public School Foundation as well as other organizations. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

I was raised on a farm in western Minnesota where I participated in 4-H, high school sports, and everything that farm kids do for fun after chores. Graduated from Ridgewater Community College with an AA degree and my first taste of newspapering. I worked a summer on the Ortonville Independent as a reporter and photographer.
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