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Boy mows lawns to buy gravestone for the father he never knew

FARGO, N.D. — An 11-year-old boy spent his entire summer mowing lawns to buy his father a marker for his grave.

Brandon Bakke was adopted at birth and recently started asking his adopted family about his birth parents.

It turns out Brandon’s father Terrence, had recently died and was buried in Chicago without a gravestone.

“I don’t think anybody should go unknown in life,” Brandon told WDAY.

Brandon spent his summer mowing lawns for neighbors and strangers to earn money. Once he made enough money, he reached out to Dakota Monument and worked with artists and designers to create a perfect maker to honor his biological father.

“If he could see it, he would be proud of me,” said Brandon.

After hearing of Brandon’s hard work, Dakota Monument decided they would donate the stone to Brandon.