Forward Health Foundation making a big difference in Deer River

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A special delivery on Wednesday at Eagle Nest Lodge. A new AED is now on hand.

“We are thrilled to have this,” shared owner Sue Harris. She helped start the conversation about this, and now there are 13 across area resorts.

It’s part of the efforts of the Forward Health Foundation in Deer River. They pool resources to help people live healthier lives in vibrant communities.

“It sounds like the old cliche. But it does take a village to take care of each other,” said the foundation director April Jesperson. “Almost everything we do, we have community partners.”

For the AEDs, they worked with Essentia Health and Bigfork Valley Community Foundation, along with the another fund.

Another project they supported is the Community Tech Hub, which is one of only two in the state.

During the school year, about 20 Deer River students enjoy creating and learning together.

And even during the summer, kids are using the Cricut, the sound booth, and the computers to do things like make music videos.

“It’s super exciting to have this new space. It’s the first program in the area dedicated towards teens,” explained coordinator Tristen Aho. “It’s great to see digital equity in areas that are often overlooked.”

You can come support the foundation at two events on Saturday, August 12th.

Party in the Park is from 9am-3pm. It is free, and includes pancake breakfast, train rides, food vendors, live music, and a farmers and artisans market, plus a pow wow and emergency vehicles. Proceeds from the event will be divided among the non-profits who participate.

Golf for Cancer Care is from 4-7pm. The 9-hole tournament supports the Jim Tarbell Cancer Care Fund.

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