Jerry & Cathie (Saxhaug) Anderson: recipients of Blandin Foundation Legacy and Leadership Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (July 1, 2016) – In honor of Charles K. Blandin’s 75-year legacy of strengthening rural Minnesota, Blandin Foundation invited Itasca area residents to help identify and honor local acts of community leadership as part of its anniversary. In late June, 72 Legacy and Leadership award recipients were announced and celebrated.

“We applaud the ambitious work of all the award recipients, who have collaborated with others across their community to spark lasting change,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation president and CEO. “Through this award, we remember Charles Blandin as well as celebrate the spirit of philanthropy and community leadership that is very much still alive here in the Itasca area today.”

In his nomination Jerry and Cathie, Chris Fulton said, “They have deep roots when it comes to Grand Rapids and the Greater Itasca Area. Their selfless and extremely generous support to area students through scholarships have opened up new opportunities and changed lives. Most recently and in response to reports of local jobs going unfilled due to shortages of skilled workers, they initiated the Northland Opportunity for Work (NOW) Award to provide education grants for people entering or currently in the Greater Itasca workforce. These awards are making a meaningful difference to local students (young and old) attending a variety of local certification programs who want to remain in the Greater Itasca Area to live and work. The Greater Itasca Area is extremely fortunate to receive the philanthropic spirit of Jerry and Cathie Anderson!”

Residents of the Itasca area were invited to nominate others in the area for acts of community leadership during the past several months. Their stories will be shared by Blandin Foundation over coming months at their website,

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