Case Studies

Amanda Okech – mental wellness at Keisler Wellness Center

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Legacy and Leadership Award recipient Amanda Okech knows that the conversation surrounding mental illness is one that needs expansion. “We treat a sick brain so much differently than we … Continued

Brainerd: building Bridges for youth

The Brainerd Lakes Area, a region of central Minnesota comprised of unique communities that span generations, has rallied together to lay the groundwork for a better future for its young people. Bridges Career Academics & Workplace Connection, a career education and mentoring  program aimed at helping students identify a worthwhile career path, has been embraced … Continued

Chad Evans – Boys and Girls Club of Leech Lake

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Legacy and Leadership Award recipient Chad Evans was nominated by Myrna Peterson for the work he has done with the Boys and Girls Club and the Movement/STEP Coalition of … Continued

Circle of Healing

A courageous action in the Itasca area to create culturally aware communities considerate of all its residents and visitors

Counties accomplish forest certification

The figures are impressive: 700,000 acres. Five counties. Two forest management certifications. One consortium. It all adds up to a successful, sustained partnership with economic and ecological benefits. Seven years ago, Minnesota forestry leaders gathered as part of the Governor’s Task Force on the Competitiveness of Minnesota’s Primary Forest Products Industry, to begin addressing dramatic … Continued

David Roerick – giving the gift of time for Itasca area needs

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Over the past several months, Legacy and Leadership Awards have been given to 72 members of the Itasca Community. All of these individuals have done admirable work for their … Continued

Eric Northard – Teachers for Global Classrooms

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— As the fortunate “host brother” of several exchange students throughout his younger years, Eric Northard was on an early path to becoming a global citizen. And after spending his … Continued

Family Forest Stewardship

Minnesota’s family forests are a resource of enormous economic and ecological value. They make up about 32 percent, or 5.3 million acres of the state’s forestland, and accounting for about 35 percent of the wood harvested and marketed. Informed by a 2003 “Call to Action” Conference, refined through research, and shaped by the VFVC Advisory Board, our family … Continued

Forest Productivity

“Seeing the Forest AND the Trees” Productivity Tour As our investment in the VFVC initiative suggests, we believe that forests are important economically, historically and culturally to Minnesota. But the state’s most valuable resource is our people.  Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: How to Make the Most of Minnesota’s Woods was at its heart an investment … Continued