Giving Back

Joe Ryan, CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company

Joe Ryan’s worldview is simple: leave the world better than you found it.

As the CEO and owner of Oppidan Investment Company, a national property development firm based in Excelsior, Ryan knows he—and Oppidan—can make a real difference in the communities they serve.

In September, award-winning former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby and Minnesota Public Radio’s chief meteorologist Paul Huttner were the featured speakers at a private event in support of the Great Plain Institute (GPI).

A Helping Paws service dog gets a pet from a man.

Service dogs are making a difference in Hopkins.

"Grandma" Esther Begman with Candice Ledman and her daughters, with Ledman's Leo Weiss Courage to Teach Award.

This spring, one Wayzata teacher received the Leo Weiss Courage to Teach Award for her commitment to Holocaust education. The award—which is named for the late Leo Weiss, a Holocaust survivor and Minn.

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt plays a bugle.

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt will be very busy on Veterans Day, as he is every year, by choice … even though he is not a military veteran.

Food has a way of bringing people together—from Sunday brunch with a good friend to experiencing the food of another culture for the first time. We bake cookies for new neighbors, celebrate accomplishments with steak dinners and so on.

Families Moving Forward offers hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to a home with support and stability.

The animals at Long Lake’s Spring Farm Sanctuary look happy. But behind their loving eyes are heart-wrenching stories of past abuse, neglect and the horrors of factory farming.

Reach for Resources is a Minnetonka-based nonprofit organization focused on providing support and services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
 

Sandvold Financial Group was founded in the fall of 1986. Its mission? “To help as many people [as possible] get to their next financial level,” CEO Terry Sandvold says.

It’s often said a sports team isn’t just a team—it’s a family. That’s certainly true of the Mound Westonka High School varsity girls’ volleyball team. Aside from perfecting spike hits and bump passes, the volleyball team has accomplished quite a lot outside the athletic sphere.

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