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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

girlsBEST

girlsBEST gives college-bound students a boost

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services

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.  —————————————————————————————— Grand Itasca Volunteer Services is a long-standing organization with a rich history—dating back to 1955. Originally called “the Red Cross Grey Ladies” the group has since been merged with …