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The season of giving


Some Pine River-Backus families are struggling to put food on the table throughout the year, making it that much more difficult to buy Christmas gifts for their children or buy a holiday meal.

Fortunately, there are many generous people and businesses who help support organizations like the Pine River Area Food Shelf and the Pine River-Backus Family Center, which helps make the holiday season a little bit brighter for those in need.

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Jodie Tweed
Jodie Tweed has been a staff writer at the Brainerd Dispatch since May 1997, primarily covering education and writing human interest stories. She also took over as HealthWatch editor in the spring of 2010. A graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bemidji State University and her master’s degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University. She previously worked as news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and was a media consultant at a Twin Cities public relations firm. She also worked as a staff assistant for the former “Nashville Now” television show on The Nashville Network while attending college in Nashville. She and her husband, Nels, have three daughters, Erika, 17, Madeline, 2, and Beatrice, who was born in April 2011.