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Another year for positive growth

It’s hard to believe, but the Erickson Merkel Foundation just named its third year of scholarship awardees, and we couldn’t be more proud. In 2014 we came together for the first time as a fledgling board to see if we could make this dream happen. I’m extremely happy to say – as Chairman and as […]

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Feb 0
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The Winter Dummy Race returns!

This Saturday, Feb. 11, Erickson Merkel Foundation’s North Dakota team will once again hold the Winter Dummy Race! Last year we were able to raise more than $500 from the day’s events and associated donation drive. We had 10 dummies slide, flail and glide down the slopes at Huff Hills, south of Mandan. Everyone had such […]

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Aug 0
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Wilhelm: Family and team work important for success

Angela Wilhelm knows a thing or two about hard work and planning for the future. “If you want something in life then you are going to have to work for it,” was a common refrain and grew to become what she said was her “steadfast philosophy,” instilled at an early age by her parents. “My […]

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Jul 0
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Alberts: Discipline and compassion go hand-in-hand

Born and raised in Ohio by parents Charles and Kathy, Alexa “Lexi” Alberts was taught to value dependability, consistency and perseverance from a very young age. Alongside her brother, Andy, Lexi learned both compassion and discipline, which would stay with her to present day. Like many, family and friends were a strong support network. “I […]

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Kerr: Care inspires workhorse drive

Sarah Kerr has a passion for medicine that she’s been cultivating since she was a child. Growing up Bellingham, Washington, gave her a unique perspective on helping others. She and her siblings Emily, Marissa and Dakota shared their home with even more siblings thanks to her mother Julie’s foster efforts. Her grandmother, Nadine Williams, also […]

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Jun 0
Jun 0

Four scholarships awarded

At its annual scholarship selection meeting, the Erickson Merkel Foundation Board of Directors recently picked its second round of Workhorse Scholars. Four candidates were selected after the review process ended this year, resulting in Angela Wilhelm, Lexi Alberts, Gunnar Nemitz and Sarah Kerr being named the 2016 Workhorse Scholars. All candidates were immediately notified. Profiles […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

The inaugural EMF Workhorse 5K!

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Noon @ Lake Phalen in St. Paul Lake Phalen • 1600 Phalen Drive • Saint Paul, MN 55106 Join us for the inaugural EMF Workhorse 5K! This family-friendly 5K run/walk around Lake Phalen in St. Paul will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016. The race starts at 12 p.m. and is […]

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Feb 1
Feb 1

Attention, All Workhorses!

An update from the Erickson Merkel Foundation during our second round of scholarship applications   Executive Perspective By Eric Jungels, executive director   Hello everyone, and happy 2016! I’m happy to report that our first year as a fully-functioning educational-focused 501(c)(3) went extremely well! Our fledgling team of fundraisers did a splendid job at organizing […]

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Erickson Merkel Foundation members Jeff Hare, Tyson Bittner and Mike Renner stand with the foundation's prototype dummy during a recent outing to the Tom O'Leary Sledding Hill.
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Feb 0

Erickson Merkel Foundation to hold Winter Dummy Race

BISMARCK, N.D. – A popular wintertime event could be coming to the area thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit organization with local ties. The Erickson Merkel Foundation is aiming to host a Winter Dummy Race later this month to raise money for local scholarships. The dummy race will pit homemade dummies on otherwise unmanned […]

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Aug 3
Aug 3

Heim: Strong commitment to work and studies

  Allissa Heim is a focused individual, and through that focus has begun marching forward toward her life goals. In doing that, she also earned this inaugural year’s top scholarship of $3,000 from the Erickson Merkel Foundation. Currently, Allissa is working toward her degree at Hamline University. There, she juggles her work with the Hamline […]

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