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.

Countless men, women and children in our community benefit from the tireless efforts of volunteers willing to dedicate a bit of their free time and lend their skills and experience to important causes.

Too often news stories of people in despair leave our minds once the screen switches images or the newspaper is laid aside. But once in a while, a story is so affecting that an individual is spurred to action.

The holidays present financial challenge for many families, so why not give back if you can? Check out two of the toy drives happening in the Lake Minnetonka area.

He has the look: white hair, white beard, round shape. Russ Erickson embodies Santa without even trying. But Erickson didn’t always play the well-known North Pole resident.

Hammer Residences

Mike Anderson loves getting paychecks. He feels a sense of accomplishment and, of course, relishes having a little extra cash. Anderson decided to retire in 1997, after putting in years of hard work on the job.

Imagine not being able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. For some elderly and disabled Lake Minnetonka residents, a turkey-less holiday is a very real possibility.

Fall marks a critical transition- from a time of play to a season of seriousness, especially when it comes to asking relevant career questions: Where am I and where do I want to be?

No one should have to face cancer alone. With Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, the hope is that no Minnesotan will.

After a life-changing mission trip to Haiti in March, Mound Westonka High School seniors Tori Anderson and Megan Bryan, who volunteered at Project Hope, a home and school for orphans and other children in need, are now hoping to inspire other teens to broaden their own horizons.The girls will ret

In 1979, the Upper Midwest Ronald McDonald House opened in Minneapolis, starting its mission to care for pediatric cancer patients and their families. To help keep patients and siblings together, the house opened a unique on-site school 15 years ago—and they needed a teacher.