Brandon Bakke, 11, spent the summer mowing lawns around his South Fargo neighborhood. He was trying to make a little money.
Bakke, a sixth-grader, is adopted and he never met his father. But he found out his biological father died in Chicago and is buried in an unmarked grave.
“I don’t think anybody should go unknown in life, even though their choices they made or anything,” Brandon tells WDAY.
So he mowed lawns.
He made money.
And he bought his father a headstone.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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