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.

Early this year Tarrah Palm took over direction of ResourceWest, a community-based nonprofit serving families in crisis in the western suburbs.

Lake-area residents Ryan Foss and Erin Hammer rowed, rowed, rowed their boat, but it certainly wasn’t gently down the stream.

Minnetonka resident Joel Peterson founded iSpace Furniture, a contract office furniture dealership, in 1993. About 10 years later, Peterson co-founded MSpace, a company that focuses on conference room technologies.

The Western Communities Action Network, Inc. (WeCAN) starts its fourth annual winter wear drive at the beginning of October. Items in good condition such as coats, hats, mittens and snow pants will be collected from October 3 to 21.

Let’s start with some numbers. A study published by Hunger Solutions Minnesota says that 15.5 percent of seniors faced the threat of hunger in the United States in 2013. Hunger Solutions also found that in Minnesota in 2014, “there were 263,386 food-shelf visits by seniors.

A couple of years ago, Excelsior resident Deb Rodgers was chatting with neighbors about the less-than-ideal state of the Excelsior Commons and Port of Excelsior.

Voice, an online marketplace founded by Wayzata High School alumnus Mitch Reaume, aims to create a space for consumers who want to add a little oomph—in the form of charitable giving—to their dollars.

St. David’s Center, which provides early childhood education and resources for kids and adults with special needs, exceeded its $13.7 million capital campaign goal this past November. In fact, they’ve surpassed the $14 million mark.

Imagine you’re hunting for the perfect baby shower gift, something that speaks to you, the mother-to-be and the new little one. You search and come up with … nothing. This is precisely what happened to Nell Lindquist while she shopped at a big-box store for a friend’s new baby.

The final step to becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank for a Boy Scout of America, is to plan and complete a service project. For his project, local Boy Scout Tony Lindholm, age 18, designed a mud kitchen for St.

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