Character and Grit

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Irene and Lawrence Cline are a team who epitomize the character and grit of the “greatest generation.” The Clines were in the spotlight at this year’s home opener for the Minnesota Twins.  Lawrence, a World War II Army veteran who turned 100 last September, was invited to be the honorary flag raiser during the National Anthem.  Irene, 93, was by his side as she has been for all their 70 years of marriage.

The front page of the Alexandria Echo Press covered what the flag raising honor meant to Lawrence and Irene, who described their latest adventure together, “I’m a pusher. We’ve never sat around. We are always on the go.”

“You raised that flag faster than any other honoree I’ve seen,” commented a veteran Twins staffer after the ceremony. It was just the latest recognition for superlative service in Lawrence’s long life. During his deployment to Australia in the Army Signal Corp, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as an enemy code-breaker.

Our Vista Prairie Community in Alexandria, MN, has been home for Lawrence and Irene for more than three years. Their life at Windmill Ponds caps Lawrence’s post-war work experience at Northern Pacific Railroad, Western Union, Soo Line Railroad and FMC.

 

March is National Nutrition Month

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Did you know? March is National Nutrition Month.

With Spring’s arrival we’re all looking forward to green sprouts on the horizon. In fact, Spring may have inspired The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to initiate “National Nutrition Month” in March – a time to anticipate new growth and new thoughts about what we eat. Continue reading “March is National Nutrition Month” »

American Heart Month

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Did you know? February is American Heart Month.

This year, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) launched #OurHearts, a national campaign to encourage and motivate everyone to adopt heart healthy behaviors. It’s promoted as a team effort because when people work together it’s easier to be successful.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Seniors

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Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 every year. It’s usually a reminder to celebrate the love in our lives, whether that’s your spouse, family members or friends.

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