A night out on the town

More than a dozen residents from The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine enjoyed a night out during the National Night Out event hosted by the Belle Plaine Police Department in August. National Night Out is celebrated by police departments across the nation and is a unique crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

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New leadership on campus

The Lutheran Home Association recently welcomed Jacqueline E.M. Grimm as its new executive administrator for The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine campus. Ms. Grimm will oversee Kingsway Retirement Living, Boessling Lutheran Village Apartments and The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine.

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Saluting our veterans

She bent down and whispered in his ear, “Thank you for your service!” while securing an American flag pin onto his shirt. This motion was repeated almost 30 times as The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine team members Kari, Emily and Sam recognized resident veterans during a Veteran’s Day program held on Nov. 12.

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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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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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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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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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Recognizing our volunteers

In observance of National Volunteer Recognition Week, Kingsway Retirement Living and The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine volunteers were honored with a super-sized pizza during a luncheon held at KingsPath Senior Living.

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Dementia Friends Training

During the month of April, a Dementia Friends Champions Training was held at Kingsway Retirement Living. Training attendees were provided the knowledge needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with community members. An Information Session is a face-to-face session that lasts approximately one hour and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion.

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