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Lynn Hammer wins Grand Prize in "Lake Region 150" 9th Annual Community Health Challenge

Community news | Thursday, June 9, 2022

Contact: Katie Johnson

(FERGUS FALLS, Minn.) – Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) wrapped up their 9th Annual Community Health Challenge on Saturday, June 4th in conjunction with the Lake Region Run. The grand prize drawing for $1500 cash was awarded to Lynn Hammer of Clitherall.

Lynn stated she has participated in all but one of the nine Community Health Challenges sponsored by LRH through the years. “Health and exercise have always been a huge part of my life and winning the prize was a special surprise,” said Hammer after being announced as winner. “Thank you for caring about the health of your employees and our community,” she added. Hammer said she plans to save the money for winter trip to a warm destination.

The Lake Region 150 was focused on promoting small daily actions that lead to better health. LRH Unity Wellness Director, Natalie Knutson explained "We spun off the 150th Anniversary for the City of Fergus Falls, where our main campus is located, and invited everyone across the region to join in completing 150 actions over a six week period to improve overall health." The actions included everything from exercise to stretching and from increasing water intake to practicing gratitude. There were weekly themes and different actions to complete and track each week.

"It was also fun to wrap up our challenge at this year's Lake Region Run at Dr. Allen Magnuson Park," Knutson said. Several local wellness resources including Pedal Fergus Falls, Bridgeway Behavioral Health, Health Resources Center, 20/20 Optical, North Country Trail Association, Lake Region Home Medical Supply and Rock Steady Boxing, participated in the event.

There were 520 registered runners representing 11 different states at the Lake Region Run that morning, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Center in Fergus Falls. “Thanks to the Fergus Falls Police Department, dozens of great volunteers, and some beautiful weather, the day just couldn’t have been better for these runners,” said to Race Director, Karoline Gustafson. “We hope they will all come back next year and bring a friend!”

About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise

The Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) enterprise is an independent, community owned and governed, non-profit healthcare organization headquartered in Fergus Falls. With facilities in nine communities, the midsized rural health system primarily serves five counties in west central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility, and Prairie Ridge Healthcare, the enterprise operates two hospitals, 10 clinics, a cancer center, a senior living community, and various other health and wellness related ventures. With over 1,100 employees and 120 Physicians and Advance Practice Providers, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities close to home and delivering specialty and sub-specialty services at our locations in Fergus Falls, Elbow Lake, Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit:,, or

Our Mission: We partner to enrich life through health.

Our Vision: We will create an exceptional, innovative, and personal healthcare experience that allows people to excel and our communities to thrive.

Our Values: Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect, Innovation.

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Attached photos:

The 5k runners prepare at the start line Saturday morning during the Lake Region Run.

Grand Prize Health Challenge winner Lynn Hammer of Clitherall with Natalie Knutson, LRH Director of Wellness and Katie Johnson, VP of Marketing at LRH.

Other pictured winners from the Health Challenge:

Amanda Nelson won the Apple Watch

Sarah Schake won the bicycle

Sheila Odland won the six month pass to LRH Unity Wellness