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Bernie Friel - Motivational Speaker

St. Paul lawyer, and award winning nature photographer, Bernie Friel, who suffered a life threatening heart attack over 40 years ago presents a program both motivational and entertaining describing his recovery and the active life he was able to lead after changing his life style.. His is a story of taking charge of your health.

His presentation describes how, with the help of the American Heart Association, his wife and the doctors and nurses who ca red for him during his month long hospitalization for the heart attack, and with significant changes in diet and exercise, he was able to pursue a life much different from the one he had been leading.

Bernie's presentation features many unique and beautiful photographs as well as video from his adventure travel,much of it in wilderness areas, and includes his experiences mountaineering, back packing, sailing, river rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Canada, Alaska, Mexico and Africa and the backcountry in many of our National Parks, Monuments and Refuges.

Bernie has organized and led more than 50 adventure travel trips, and participated in 20 more with destinations as remote as Papua New Guinea and Kakadu National Park in Australia, as exciting as climbing Pico de Orizaba in Mexico and Kilimanjaro in Africa, sailing through a typhoon in the South Pacific, and rowing a raft down the Grand Canyon, and as nearby his home as canoeing the Quetico Wilderness Area adjacent to Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bernie's extensive travel and exploration led to his recent membership in the internationally prestigious Explorers Club.

Bernie grew up in St. Paul, attended Central High School and graduated from the U of M Law School. Following his active duty service in the USAF, he joined the Twin Cities law firm of Briggs & Morgan in 1956 and the next year moved to Mendota Heights, MN and has resided there since 1957.

The program is presented in forty minutes, but can be tailored to meet time requirements of twenty minutes to one hour.

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