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Closing the Circle: The Dream Fulfilled

Oct 23, 2018 06:57AM ● By Editor

From - October 22, 2018

Gordon Lindquist of Grand Marais (right) with his wife, Joyce, and son, Reid, prepare for Gordon’s departure Oct. 19 on a mission trip to Africa he and Joyce began nine years ago. 

The trip closes the circle on a dream that astounded them with the enthusiastic support it drew, funded by many  friends and residents in Grand Marais, Cook County and throughout Minnesota — as well as those in 30 other states. 

On Oct. 19, Gordon flew from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, to meet the Lindquist’s daughter, Julie Lehman, in Boston to rest at her New Hampshire home for several days. On Oct. 22, they boarded flights that began the 8,000 mile trip to Uganda. 

All told, Gordon and Joyce helped raise over $100,000 in nine years to build and furnish the state-of-the-art Nyakatsiro Maternal and Child Health clinic in southwestern Uganda. The clinic will celebrate its Grand Opening Oct. 26 with Gordon and Julie as honored guests. 

After flying to Kampala, the Ugandan capitol, the two will take a 13-hour Jeep ride to the clinic,  driven by a Catholic priest they  befriended over the years.  

Regular updates from Gordon, Julie and the long reach of Grand Marais and Cook County caring are available by following this link:
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BorealCorps is a mentored immersion learning and portfolio project dedicated to helping Cook County students grades 4-12 master digital media and 21st Century communication skills. It is sponsored by Story Scouts Institute, a Minnesota 501 (c) (3) educational non-profit organization based in Grand Marais created and led by award-winning science writer Anne Brataas ( Our goal is to prepare youth with the skills, experience, attitudes and habits of mind needed for confident, competent, successful entry into the global marketplace. The Lindquist Africa Project entries help students fulfill two BorealCorps merit badge requirements: email communication and global issues.

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