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The Value of a Listening Ear

What is the measure of touching a life…particularly, a teenager’s life in our ever-changing culture?  The Campus Life program has been supporting and impacting youth in the Deer River area for over 20 years.  In that time, much has changed for our youth and the world in which they are growing up.  However, one thing remains steadfast and unchanging - the need to be heard and validated.   Heather Schjenken has been the Campus Life Director in Deer River since 1998, and offers this sentiment, “I’ve been fortunate to see first-hand the impact Campus life has made on so many young

By |May 17th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

It Takes a Village

The pandemic has taught us much about the needs of our communities and the importance of the village in caring for one another. When students were not attending classes, it became increasingly apparent that schools are a huge part of that village - in many ways. One specific way was in the schools’ offering of their King Pantry which provides food for school families and community members.  In collaboration with Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, ISD #317 is able to “...deliver food to families, they can pick it up at school, and we can send food home on buses

By |May 9th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Lifelong Learning

Any form of post-secondary education can be challenging, and it can be extra challenging to return to school as a non-traditional student where, sometimes, the stakes are higher, available free time is less, and the cost of that education can be a barrier.  Because of generous donors, Forward Health Foundation is able to offer healthcare career scholarships to employees of Essentia Health - Deer River & Grand Rapids, looking to advance their skills, enhance their knowledge and further their career.  We are thankful for the opportunity to give back to our community by helping ease the financial burden of returning

By |April 15th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Showing Our Gratitude

What an unprecedented couple of years this has been!  The only constant we have been able to count on - is change.  That change has been rapid, on-going, and it sometimes seems out of our control.  Many of us are just trying to catch our tails in our day-to-day lives all the while working to endure this pandemic.  There have been many individuals, businesses and industries that have had to alter their delivery of resources, goods and/or services to meet the ever-changing needs of their communities - often based upon declared instruction, and with little notice.  One of those industries

By |March 3rd, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments

Cracked Not Broken

After a couple of postponements due to COVID, September finally brought “Cracked, Not Broken, The Kevin Hines Story” to Itasca County.  In collaboration with NAMI and partnering agencies, the Forward Health Foundation aided in sponsoring this event to bring awareness of suicide prevention to over 1600 of our youth and community members.  Kevin shared his incredible and miraculous story of survival following a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge with 9-12 grade students at Deer River High School.  With resounding effects, Deer River youth Jacelyn Carstensen offers this feedback, “I struggle with depression. Kevin’s deep words made me break

By |February 16th, 2022|Categories: News|0 Comments
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