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Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Donates Teddy Bears to Pediatric Surgery Patients

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

(FERGUS FALLS, Minn.) – Lake Region Healthcare (LRH) was treated to a visit by President Theodore Roosevelt (Joe Weigand) during a visit to Fergus Falls for the Fergus Falls Noon Rotary’s 100th anniversary celebration. While in town, Laurel Nelson (a member of the LRH Board of Trustees) arranged for the President to visit the Same Day Surgery Center and drop off a donation of over 30 "Teddy" bears to comfort the littlest surgery patients at LRH.

Weigland is the world's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. As an actor and historian, Joe's portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt in live performances have people wondering if Teddy Roosevelt has come back to life. Weigland also works for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and his performance tour is highlighted in summer by a daily matinee in Medora, gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the future home of Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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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Pictured L to R: Joe Weigland, Tyler Ice, Jodie Nuss, Brenda Glas, Tammy Heeter and Laurel Nelson.