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Antidote for isolation

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Jeffrey Lauck’s title may be activity assistant but when he’s escorting Jean and other Vista Prairie at Copperleaf residents on their new Trishaw, he’s a pilot. And there will be many such rides to come as our Willmar, MN community enjoys its latest antidote for isolation.

“I love it!” Jean exclaims after the ride. “Going on this bike makes me feel so good.”

When the Trishaw arrived from its manufacturer in Copenhagen on June 23, it could not have been more welcome. The arrival culminated a $10,000 drive, with major funding provided by Willmar’s Vision 2040 organization, the United Way of West Central Minnesota, the Willmar Area Community Foundation and generous individual donors.

“Our residents are simply enjoying the great outdoors,” says Copperleaf Executive Director Jennie Marcus, who led the fundraising effort. “Appreciating nature, watching the frisbee golfers, people fishing, pelicans hunting fish, wildflower gardens, admiring the golf course and waiting for golfers to shoot a hole in one!”

With Copperleaf’s location near Robbins Island Park the opportunities will be limitless.

“The first time I saw the Trishaw bike, I thought here we go, that looks like fun,” recounts Evelyn, another resident. That’s high praise coming from a woman who has enjoyed a lifetime of powder puff racing on her snowmobile and still rides occasionally on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Evelyn went on to say, “Before COVID-19 I looked forward to taking the Copperleaf bus and going out for my groceries. That outing helped me feel more normal as far as being part of society. For me this bike has helped me feel free again.”

Getting ready to take residents for a Trishaw trip, requires two training sessions to be certified as a pilot. Most of that training is led by one of Copperleaf’s Registered Nurses, Ginna Calvin, an avid bike rider who inspired the idea for the community to obtain its own Trishaw.

Copperleaf senior living community offers 55 one-and-two-bedroom Assisted Living apartments, 20 Memory Care Suites and seven Care Suites, providing 24-hour continuous senior care.

3 Ways to Celebrate Spring at Vista Prairie Communities

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3 Ways to Celebrate Spring at Vista Prairie Communities


We’ve endured a long, cold, snowy winter, and now is the time to celebrate the reawakening of spring—a season of growth and hope and renewal. Celebrate the season with events at Vista Prairie at Copperleaf, Fieldcrest, and Garnette Gardens.


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A Centenarian’s Guide To Health and Happiness

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Age is only a number, and nobody knows that better than Vista Prairie at Copperleaf Senior Living Community resident Anita Doty, who celebrated her 100th birthday in April. But Anita’s never been one to act her age. Friends she’s made in her time at Copperleaf describe Anita as a woman on the go, eagerly taking part in the daily activities and excursions available to Copperleaf residents.

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How To: Pack Your Perfect Picnic

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August is National Picnic Month and Vista Prairie Communities is celebrating all month long with their residents, friends and families. Vista Prairie at Copperleaf in Willmar, MN is hosting a western barbecue on Thursday, August 7 and Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls, MN is celebrating with a luau inspired gathering. These are just a few ways Vista Prairie and its communities are getting in the picnic spirit, but some residents are enjoying traditional picnics complete with a basket and blanket.

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The Senior Life Experience in Assisted Living

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The Senior Life Experience in Assisted Living

Assisted living is meant to create a positive senior life experience. The goal is for every resident to celebrate each day in a setting that values their independence, respects their dignity and allows them to enjoy the highest quality of life.

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