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Jim and Linnea Anderson

Jim and Linnea Anderson, Brainerd graduates and the owners of Anderson Brothers Construction, were the recipients of the 2016 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.

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Jerry Anderson

Jerome "Jerry" Anderson was the 2016 Marv Otto Award recipient from the Willmar Area Community Foundation for the lasting legacy his generous estate gifts have left in our community.

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Mimi and Dick Bitzan

Dick and Mimi Bitzan were the 2016 Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy Recipients from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Joe and Alice Cox

The Willmar Area Community Foundation remembers Alice for her generosity. She died Dec. 29, 2011 at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, just a couple months after being formally recognized for her impact in the Willmar area. The Foundation honored Alice and her late husband, Joe, in October with the 2011 Award in Philanthropy.

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Stacy Erholtz

Stacy Erholtz received live measles virus as a treatment to kill the multiple myeloma cancer cells in her body. In June 2014, Stacy started a fund with the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to serve as a catalyst to raise necessary funds to assist in manufacturing this treatment.

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Merle and Kathy Felling

Merle and Kathy Felling, residents of Sauk Centre and owners of Felling Trailers, have been driven by their faith to give back their community. They established the Felling Family Partnership Fund in December 2015, the first for the Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation.

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Keith Finstad

Keith Finstad was the 2016 Professional Award in Philanthropy recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Dr. Leslie R. Green

Dr. Leslie R. Green was the 2016 President's Award recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Lynn Grewing

Lynn Grewing was the 2016 ATHENA Award recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

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Heritage Bank

Heritage Bank was the recipient of the 2016 Community Builder Award from the WACF because of their long legacy of giving back to the community through making charitable donations and volunteering a cornerstone of their organization.

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Tom and Helen Krebsbach

For Tom and Helen Krebsbach, discovering the legacy preserving tools and options at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation “was like a dream come true,” according to their nephew, Paul Pfannenstein.

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John and Mary Lindstrom

John and Mary Lindstrom are the 2016 Award in Philanthropy recipients from the Willmar Area Community Foundation. John and Mary are active in their community through a number of organizations and believe that the key to building community is to eliminate barriers and connect people.

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Thomas J. Reif

Tom Reif's family established the Thomas J. Reif Memorial Scholarship Fund after he passed away in 2015. Many friends and associates have contributed to the fund which awards scholarships to graduates of Alexandria Area High School who are student athletes and leaders.

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