Thanks for the advice, Dad

From chocolate and politics to baseball and grilling, fathers have a way of pushing their kids to strive for greatness.

Children's fathers day drawing
Happy Fathers Day drawing by Adrienne O'Reilly from Mrs. Titus and Mrs Meyer's kindergarten class at St. Francis of the Lakes Catholic School.
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BRAINERD — What side of a dog has the most fur? The outside. Ah, dad jokes.

Some come with jokes, some come with a quick wit, but most of all, dads try to instill the values they find will give their sons and daughters the best chance at a fulfilling life.

Nancy Williams, owner of Fancy Pants Chocolate in Brainerd, said her dad was never a big “I love you”-type of father. But his words of care and encouragement followed her throughout life.

“Something that has influenced my life, that he said to me always, was that I could do anything I wanted to do,” Williams said, as she recalled taking a leap of faith after retirement to open up her own chocolate shop.

Now almost 20 years later, those words still stick with her.


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The father of two boys, 20 and 14 years old, Chris Glassman, who was in downtown Brainerd Thursday, June 16, said he looks forward to spending time with his kids.

“Father's Day means a lot to me,” Glassman said. “The children in my life definitely spend a little bit extra time with their dad on that day and it makes you feel like you did something right, as a parent.”

Mackenzie Stockinger, who was playing softball Thursday in Brainerd, said she was planning to spend the day with her dad to let him know just how much she appreciates him.

“(In the past) I've made breakfast in bed, I've made him homemade cards and I just hang out with him,” Stockinger said.

Also wanting to let his father know how much he means to him is Kevin Perez, also at the softball field, and he looks forward to spending a few hours on the phone with his dad to just catch up on life.

“It's a special day for a dad and for a person,” Perez said. “If you're talking about my dad, my dad took care of me when I was little and now, he's still taking care of me. Well, I try to do it myself but at the end of the day, fathers are there to support everybody, and they carry the weight of the family.”

Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson said his father was a very patriotic man who served in Europe during World War II as a medic. He stood by the flag and all it represented until the day he died in 2008, never missing a parade or celebration.

“I miss him and our discussions,” Olson said. “He’s in a place of peace and happiness and I will see him again soon. Thanks, Dad, for being a great role model for your family in all areas.”


Funnies for fathers

  • What do you call a sleepwalking nun? A Roman Catholic.
  • Why did the farmer put corn in his boots? To feed his pigeon toes.
  • A magician was walking down the street and turned into a grocery store.
  • Six out of 7 people living with Snow White are not Happy.
  • I had a soap addiction, but I'm clean now.
  • I wondered why the ball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  • What's the hardest part of elephant hunting? Carrying the decoys.

TIM SPEIER, staff writer, can be reached on Twitter @timmy2thyme , call 218-855-5859 or email .

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY
Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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