Air Force Flight Instructor and Pilot Calls Belle Plaine Home

As a young boy, when Clarence Francis heard an airplane fly by, he ran outside and stared as it soared through the sky. He hollered, “Give me a ride!” His fascination with airplanes clearly began at a young age.

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Army Truck Driver Finds Home in Belle Plaine

Bill Fabel spent about 15 months overseas during his service to our country. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961. “It was a good experience, but I was glad to be home,” he explained.

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Resident Life at St. Michael’s

Several St. Michael’s Assisted Living residents and team members enjoyed a 90-minute boat ride on the Mississippi River.
“It was real nice, I enjoyed being out on the river,” said resident David Keller.

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Celebrating assisted living

In honor of National Assisted Living Center Week, St. Michael’s Assisted Living hosted a weeklong celebration.

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Bringing the heat: Annual BBQ Chicken Cook-Off is successful

The sixth annual “Battle of the Tongs” BBQ Chicken Cook-Off continued to bring the heat to St. Michael’s Assisted Living. Not only did the competition have a record number of contenders, it also had the biggest turnout of attendees in event history.

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A time for change

Change is constant. At Wellhaven Senior Living, new team members are hired, tenants moved in or more seniors joined River Falls Senior Center. One recent change for Wellhaven is team member Elly Brenna retired. As Wellhaven’s receptionist, Elly was the first to greet tenants and their family and friends. In honor of Elly’s time at Wellhaven, a celebration was recently held with tenants.

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Meet the team: Brandon Saumer

Brandon Saumer has served as Maintenance Director at Wellhaven Senior Living since October 2006. He stays busy and isn’t afraid of a little hard work. Over the years, he has been able to create friendship with several of the tenants.

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A trip to the farm

Wellhaven Senior Living tenants recently enjoyed a trip to the Sweet Rock Junction Farm just outside of River Falls. The farm is owned by Judith Hanson, niece of Wellhaven tenant Bess Knott. While on the trip, tenants watched the horses perform a variety of tricks and had the opportunity to pet them.

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Free blood pressure clinic available

Wellhaven Senior Living hosts a free monthly blood pressure clinic at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Upcoming dates include Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. The free screenings take place in the Fireside Lounge.

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Honoring an important milestone

On Sept. 6, Wellhaven Senior Living property manager Beth Ann Schultz was honored for 30 years of service at Wellhaven and The Lutheran Home Association. 

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