By Anna Erickson

Kinship’s third annual Amazing Chase brought in more than $6,000 for the organization, which supports youth mentoring.

Ten teams participated in Saturday’s event, which included different adventures and challenges around Park Rapids.

“It was a great event,” said Jennifer Therkilsen, Executive Director of Kinship of the Park Rapids Area.

This year’s winning team was Electra Woman, Dina Girl, Frank and the Outlaws. They included the adult children of Kinship board member Betty Wignes. The prize was $500. The Spikers team won the bonus prize, which was also $500. That team was members of the Park Rapids volleyball team.

Event co-chairs Bill Simpson and Jason McCollum are very supportive of the Kinship program.

“I just like the purpose of the program and the potential to create positive relationships,” McCollum said.

“It’s got a proven track record that works well,” Simpson added.

Both kids and their mentors benefit from the program, they say.

“Every child can have a positive role model in their life,” McCollum said. “It’s for all types of kids – not just a certain profile.”

Teams of all ages participated in the Amazing Chase. Many of the events are very suitable for kids and families were encouraged to participate.

Host site sponsors included Citizens National Bank, Coborns, Delaney’s, Heartland Homes, Hubbard County law enforcement. Hugo’s, Lori Lea Lanes, NorthStar Orthodontics, Park Ace Hardware and the Park Rapids Fire Department.

The final event was at Heartland Park where awards and snacks were given out to participants.

Keystone sponsors included Citizens National Bank, CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Wolff and Simon Real Estate, Park Rapids Ford and Thielen Motors.

For more information about Kinship go to or call 732-5908.