Carman Meyer retired a decade ago, but every week she’s back at her former workplace in Belle Plaine. She didn’t want to leave Eunice. The pair met when Eunice moved to The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine with her dad in 1977.Read More
It’s past 10 a.m., but Vasiliy Shevstov is slow to start his day. He’s waiting for someone special. When his visitor arrives and greets him in Russian, Vasiliy lights up.Read More
A solitary silo and bright red wooden building peek through years of undergrowth on an abandoned farm site near Chisago, just north of the last signs of Minnesota’s suburban metro. The quiet scene captivated photographer Henry Hintermeister. He snapped his shutter and named the image “Come Hear My Story.”Read More
Volunteer Carol Colbenson encourages residents in St. Michael’s Assisted Living to roll the dice. There’s no money on the line. Instead, the numbers correspond to a card with a discussion question like “Have you ever made homemade bread?” or “Have you ever driven a boat?”Read More
Violet Krueger has been in and out of The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine since she was a teenager, but not for her health. She started working there after ninth or 10th grade, when she decided high school was not for her.Read More
You’ll often find Miss M sitting at the piano in Hope Residence and thumbing through a binder of music
until she finds “Tara’s Theme,” the refrain at the beginning of “Gone with the Wind.” Her fingers hover above the keys, then fill the lobby with chords that swell and fade.
If Iva Putz sees a button missing or a seam open, she just has to repair it. “I can’t stand holes,” said the seamstress, who is now in her ninth decade and has nearly that many years of sewing experience.Read More