Community Driven

Florence Hedeen has spent her life volunteering and giving back in her community of Park Rapids, Minnesota. With the headwaters of the Mississippi in its backyard, her town has a reputation as a great place to experience the best of Minnesota outdoors. But over the last decade, Florence has seen firsthand a pressing new challenge arise in her region: climate change.

Since the 1970s, Florence and her husband Carter have prioritized maintaining and preserving their property, which now totals 200 acres. But their property is very different than it was 50 years ago. “Due to climate change, pine trees will not survive here anymore and that’s a big change. For us it was a strong wake-up call. This is having a tangible effect on where we live.”

In addition to shifting how her family consumes energy, Florence is an active community member who always shows up to the town hall meetings and makes her legislators aware of steps she hopes they will take in our transition to clean energy.

Florence and her family support Fresh Energy because they know that action now will shape the Minnesota we leave to future generations. Join Florence and her family by making a Power Circle contribution of $1,000 or more today. Please contact Meggie LaValley at