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Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball to receive new electronic scoreboard

The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team will soon have its own electronic scoreboard, courtesy of a $9,000 donation from the Copham Family Foundation.

Jed and Kristi Copham of Forest Lake own Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), and the new scoreboard will bear the BIR logo.

The $9,000 donation will cover 100 percent of the costs associated with the scoreboard, including the $4,500 estimated installation costs. The board will be 4-by-10-feet, with a 2-by-10-foot name plate on the top that will read, “Home of the Patriots,” and a 2-by-10-foot advertisement plate on the bottom.

Two years ago, former assistant coach Jerry Braam, who works as the public safety director at BIR, discussed the scoreboard sponsorship with the company. While the Copham family said the donation would not be possible at the time, the foundation followed through with a donation this year.

Activities director Marc Helmrichs said he would be happy to have the scoreboard installed by the end of May, or at the latest, over the summer.

“It’s a matter of Mother Nature cooperating, coordinating with an electrician, things like that,” he said. “Just like with any building project.”

The donation was made to the Patriot Activities Club, who will turn over the funds to the school district for the project. The school board accepted the donation at its April 21 meeting. The BIR advertisement will remain on the board as long as it remains at the field.

The baseball team’s new scoreboard follows the new electronic scoreboard for the softball team, which was dedicated May 16, 2013, in memory of varsity softball coach Bret Sergent’s father, Bud Sergent.

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Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in professional journalism at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Perkins interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins, and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before becoming the community editor of the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as the county government beat reporter at the Dispatch and a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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