In Conversation: Video Series

In Conversation tells the stories that connect us across the Itasca Area through interviews and personal testimonies. Hosted by United Way of 1000 Lakes this past March, “Looking Back, Forging Ahead,” included reflections on past successes and visions for the future, including a keynote story series featuring community members impacted by United Way funded programs.

In conversation with Kari Hedlund, music director and on-air host at KAXE/KBXE Northern Community Radio, three individuals shared their stories of overcoming hardship and finding support and community. Lea Hanson discussed how Habitat for Humanity’s Home Preservation program made it possible for her to continue living independently in her own home, while Tristin Aho reflected on his time with the Deer River Boys & Girls Club, from finding support as a child to inspiring youth as a staff member. Mac McKinney finished the night with a discussion of how finding a place of belonging at Kiesler Wellness Center lead to his becoming a leader in mental health and addiction recovery.

Building Independence: Lea Hanson

March 12, 2020, Timberlake Lodge
Filmed by Jordan Weis, WeisGuy Images


Inspiring a New Generation: Tristin Aho

March 12, 2020, Timberlake Lodge
Filmed by Jordan Weis, WeisGuy Images


A Place of Belonging: Mac McKinney

March 12, 2020, Timberlake Lodge
Filmed by Jordan Weus, WeisGuy Images