The long walk begins Friday.
Gary Walters, Crow Wing County commissioner and Kinship Partners advocate, will walk the length of the state beginning at 7 a.m. Friday at the Northland Arboretum.
The effort -- Marching Minnesota for Mentors -- is aimed at creating awareness of Kinship Partners statewide and raising money and mentors for Kinship Partners in Crow Wing County. The goal is to raise $27,000 and to gain 27 new mentors for Kinship Partners locally.
Walters will be joined by his four children -- Reggie, 15, Cassie, 12, Jackson, 11, and Jessica, 10.
The group's goal is to walk an average of 27 miles per day, about 10 hours for 17 days. The first leg of the journey goes from Brainerd and Baxter to a stop two miles south of Fifty Lakes. They plan to reach the Crow Wing County Courthouse on June 20 to complete their journey.
Kinship Partners is a nonprofit organization serving families in the Brainerd lakes area by providing positive role models to at-risk youth. Adult mentors are asked to commit to spend a few hours each week with the child.
More information will be available online at www.marchingmnformentors.com.
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