voices of our region

2019-2020 Annual Report

leann littlewolf

—     LeAnn Littlewolf’s Story

Indigenous Perspective on Economic Development

This past year, I have often thought about when I started out as a community organizer in 1992. I was 19 years old and my daughter Teague was almost a year old. We lived in a small town, Virginia, in Northern St. Louis County in a subsidized housing project.

—     Ward Merrill’s Story

A Place Where All Things are Possible

Twenty years ago, two historic landmark buildings were the center of a divisive community debate. Would the Alexander Baker School (1914) and the E.W. Backus Jr. High School (1937) be adapted for reuse or become merely rubble in a landfill? Thanks to a passionate group of citizens the buildings were saved.

ward merrill

molly harney

—     Molly Harney’s Story

Weathering a Storm and Nurturing Resilience

Throughout history, children have endured catastrophic events that brew like storms and sweep through entire communities, defining their childhood and an entire generation. Children affected by the Great Depression and WWII are still alive today to talk about the experiences that impacted their life’s journey.

—     Ann and Tom Rider’s Story

Shining a Spotlight on Leadership and Community

There is no sugar-coating it: these are difficult times. But as with all crises, there are blessings that will bubble up from today’s COVID cauldron, among them are leadership and community.

ann and tom rider