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Crosslake partnership celebrates two years

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Kinship Partners honors Tim and Sandy Thorpe, Crosslake, and Katey Hanson as its Match of the Month. The partnership who just celebrated its second anniversary also includes Prancer, the family dog.

Katey turned 15 last summer so the Thorpes have experienced different levels of life with a teenager. They get together weekly, having dinner and enjoying conversations, storytelling, playing games, watching movies and listening to music on YouTube.

Katey is on the school speech team so she often practices her speeches in front of her mentors. During the summer the partners spend time on the water and enjoy mini golfing and walks through the woods. A favorite is water parks.

Tim and Sandy think Katey brings out the “kids” in them.

Living in a single-parent household with no other siblings at home, Katey’s mother appreciates all the Thorpes have taught Katey. A highlight was when Sandy brought Katey to her workplace on “Bring Your Child to Work Day.” This special time has not been forgotten.

Mentors make the most impact through the friendship they offer and the consistency they exhibit.

For more information about Kinship Partners, call 218-829-4606 or visit

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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