Community News

Community Engagement Welcomes All To Be Involved

Read about SPAAR members, the good work done in the communities where you live and work, and the many community partnerships in which you are involved.

Find out how you can be involved by contacting Joe McKinley, Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement, at

Nanci Stoddard named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

Nanci Stoddard has not only shined in her industry but has also given back to her community with her commitment to brightening the lives of local youth.
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Chris Fritch and Team named SPAAR Hero for May 2019

"The entire team really puts their hearts into the organizations we support, and we do it with purpose and intension," said Chris Fritch, lead agent of the team. "We are in a fortunate business to be able to give back to the community."
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Mary Knudsen named SPAAR Hero for February 2019

Mary Knudsen's efforts helped to bring the community together and increased awareness for blood cancers.
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Kevin O’Brien named SPAAR Hero for February 2020

Kevin has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including Loaves and Fishes, the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, the Ramsey Hill Association and the Summit University Planning Council District 8.
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Mike “Mac” McAnally named SPAAR Hero for October 2017

“I believe everyone can create change, even in simple ways such as a smile, a hug or a genuine compliment,” said Mac, who serves on SPAAR’s Diversity Committee.
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Syd Jensen named SPAAR Hero for November 2017

Syd Jensen’s volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, through her office—Coldwell Banker Burnet Shoreview/North Oaks—has made her a hero to the people this program serves.
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The Odd Couple Team named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

The Odd Couple Team serves two meals a month for the Cooks for Kids program at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in St. Paul where they have collected more than $10,000 worth of food since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Denise Sjoberg is named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

Denise Sjoberg is one of the more than 500 active volunteers and she is considered “absolutely essential” to her volunteer work.
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Maikor (Karen) Thao is named a 2020 SPAAR Hero

Karen Thao enjoys helping her community to discover the housing they desire; it’s an extension of how she’s able to help build a healthy community.
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