Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn., has received a $4,500 grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation to fund exercise equipment and personal training for residents and area seniors aimed at preventing falls and increasing independence.
The eyes sparkle and the smile widens as Ken Thompson’s thoughts drift back to the early 1940s. World War II is heating up after the attack on Pearl Harbor — and he will soon be going to Iwo Jima — but right now Ken is a star basketball player at Hamline University at a time when the Pipers are a powerhouse national championship team. And he is in a dance class at Hamline, where he is paired with Helen Backe, by happenstance of height.
Arlene Schlichte, 87, has created a charitable cottage industry headquartered in her apartment at Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn. For the past six years, she has been crocheting scarves by the hundreds and donating them to Worthington children who need help fighting off the winter cold.
In the late 1920s, the Worthington, Minn., community came together to make sure the poorest of the poor in Nobles County had food and gifts for Christmas. Bushel baskets were filled with home-canned foods and delivered to the poor. The program continued, year after year, getting bigger and better. The bushel baskets are now shopping carts, filled with a wide range of food, clothes and toys.
Gene Erlandson, 94, a resident of Ecumen Meadows in Worthington, Minn., was stationed near Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, and survived the Japanese surprise bombing attack. The Daily Globe in Worthington tells his story in a recent article you can read by clicking here .