Celebrating our seniors

A sunny afternoon in River Falls provided the perfect weather for an outdoor picnic. On Thursday, Sept. 6, more than 120 people attended a Senior Picnic, hosted by Wellhaven Senior Living. The second annual event was held in honor of National Senior Center month.

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Army Veteran and Local Teacher Continue to Educate Others in Woodworking Classes

Orville “Ollie” Heitkamp decided to join the military following his college graduation from St. Thomas University in 1952. In January 1953, he volunteered for the United States Army. After completing basic training, he attended advanced training and became a radio operator. Ollie reported to Camp Stoneman in California and was assigned to duty overseas in Korea.

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Music Makes an Army Veteran Dance

Willard Bardon was only 18 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army. He attended basic training at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin focused on learning how to build bridges.

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Army Veteran Retires at Kingsway Retirement Living

Gordon “Gordy” Berge had one main reason for joining the United States Army: he couldn’t find another job. Following his enlistment, Gordy attended basic training in Kansas before he was transferred to Hawaii for more training in communications.

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Military Para-Jumper Learned a Lesson about Respect

Even though it’s been more than 50 years, Joe Hawkins still remembers his first jump as a member of the 11th Airborne Division, a United States Army airborne formation.

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A Taste of Italy

As a way to brighten up a few gloomy rainy days, Kingsway team members worked together to host an Italian themed lunch. June includes National Italian Day to celebrate the Festa della Repubblica so the theme was an easy choice. The lunch featured several different types of pizza, pasta, breadsticks, salad and chocolate, raspberry and creamsicle ice-cream for dessert.

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Kingsway Scholarship awarded

The 2018 Kingsway Retirement Living Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Hunsader and Noah Hastings. Both are entering the medical field and each received a $1,000 scholarship from Kingsway. An anonymous donor established the scholarship for students entering the health care field. The family’s loved one lived at Kingsway where she received outstanding care. The donor hopes others who enter the health care field carry on the tradition of outstanding care their loved one received at Kingsway.

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Belle Plaine resident veterans soar the skies

The number of times Clarence Francis has climbed into a plane is unthinkable. As a former pilot and flight instructor, it was something he just did. However, the most recent time he climbed into plane was a little bit different.

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Hope team members honored

Two Hope Residence team members Savannah Kirsch-Swanson (on left) and Abby Luskey were recently recognized during the ARRM Cares Awards luncheon at the 2018 annual conference.

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Resident activities at Hope

Hope resident Christina has enjoyed participating in yoga for years. Prior to moving to Hope, she was practicing yoga stretches regularly. Through the Magnifying Abilities program, she was able to pick up her hobby again.
"Yoga allows me to be stronger. It's good for my health, it motivates others to try yoga,” said Christina.

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