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Pequot Lakes boy is ready to play outside

“Play ball!”

Although spring sports in our local schools have been delayed or forced indoors, Major League Baseball is on our minds and young and old alike are itching to get outdoors to toss the ball or work on their swing.

Nine-year-old Wyatt from Pequot Lakes is anxious to get outside, but he finds most of his time is spent inside the family apartment with his mom, who is confined with health issues.

Wyatt is especially sad because his first Kinship Partner had to discontinue their relationship because of his own health problems.

Wyatt and his former mentor enjoyed visiting the city park, playing air hockey and collecting shells. He also attended the Crow Wing County Fair for the first time and shared a weekend camping experience with his mentor and his wife.

His mentor exposed him to horses and the family dogs. Time was spent doing ordinary activities that both the mentor and mentee enjoyed.

Wyatt also has a keen interest in design and drawing. He loves Legos and puzzles. Although he isn’t into sports, he enjoys learning new games.

His former mentor recommends that his Kinship mentor be active and encourage Wyatt to run and jump. He is described as a kind-hearted and gentle boy, a good listener, but often worried about his family. Although he tends to be shy, he can carry on an interesting conversation.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples-Motley area by providing positive role models to youth ages 5 to 14. Offices are in Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Crosby and Staples.

For information on Wyatt or any of the children waiting for mentors, call 218-454-8016 or email

The website is

Let’s help get Wyatt outdoors and circling the bases soon.

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.
(218) 855-5889