BRAINERD — Blake Collins won the 2023 Brainerd Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year competition.
Collins is an Eagle Scout in Troop 43 and received a $300 award. He has been in scouting for 12 years and is a senior at the Brainerd High School.
Collins’ accomplishments include playing in football and band. His team took first place in the 2022 MTEEA Super Mileage Challenge where they built and ran a small car. Collins has been in several scout leadership positions over the years. His plan is to attend Central Lakes College in Staples to become a heavy equipment operator.
For more information, visit
Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.
Hi, I'm the Brainerd Dispatch. I started working a few days before Christmas in 1881 and became a daily paper two years later. I've gone through a lot of changes over the years, but what has never changed is my commitment to community and to local journalism. I've got an entire team of dedicated people who work night and day to make sure I go out every morning, whether in print, as an e-edition, via an app or with additional information at www.brainerddispatch.com. News, weather, sports — videos, photos, podcasts and social media — all covering stories from central Minnesota about your neighbors, your lakes, your communities, your challenges and your opportunities. It's all part of the effort to keep people connected and informed. And we couldn't do it without support.