Lorraine Olson checks her bingo sheet during our progressive bingo. 2 numbers are called daily and added to the list, the numbers are posted and also announced over the intercom. Good Luck residents and staff, wonder who will get the first bingo?

Greetings from “The Home” front …

This has been a week of “Hurrahs” here at LMH – our residents were allowed out of their rooms and also had the ability to go outside and enjoy the weather and beautiful courtyard. The maintence crew and activity staff have been working hard planting flowers and the garden area with new curving and beauty bark looks great. The residents enjoyed sitting in the sun and checking out how well everything was growing.

We also said “Hurrah” to our staff that graduated from High School and College. Congratulations to Ryan Carey, Samantha Clagg, Codi Krueger, Laura Miller and Roxee Wellcome from MPCG; Skyyla Johnson from FHSP and Courtney Siewet from Centra Valley. Graduating from Lake Region State College is Jacqueline White who graduated from their Nursing Program. Karlee Myers and Dani Rader are now Mayville State graduates. Way to Go all of you and best wishes for your future success! We are proud of you!

Another “Hurrah” goes out to our staff as we acknowledge their Years of Service here at LMH. Linda Knudsvig was recognized for 35 years as an employee of LMH. Trina Thykeson is a 30-year employee. Celebrating 25 years of employment were LeeAnn Strand and Clarence Nelson Jr. Having served LMH for 20 years were Jennifer Carr and Maria Klabo. Achieving 15-year status were Rachel Balstad and Stacey Nosbusch. We have several 10-year employees: Shelby Krueger, Amanda Landa, Janel Nielson, Sue Edwardson, Amy Ramstad and Julie Winger. We also have several employees who have been with us for 5 years. They include Carole Carpenter, Hannah Ellegaard, Jeric Houdek, Megan Knudsvig, Cindy Truhlica and Sarah Zapata. Congratulations to all of you in these milestones of working here at LMH.

We have a couple of thank you’s going out this week – to the Aurdahl Church ladies who provided us with beautiful lap quilts – the designs were absolutely beautiful and I know the residents will enjoy them. Also, to the children of Hope/Page area who drew and colored pictures and notes of encouragement for our residents. These pictures always bring a smile to our residents’ faces. A belated thank you to Bruce Nelson for smoked pulled pork sandwiches, chips and Special K bars for staff to enjoy on Memorial Day, yum. Thank you all for brightening their days.
This is just a few of the activities our staff have been doing under these unique circumstances. We have been reading the newspaper over Channel 98 for those residents that do not have a subscription and on days when there is no newspaper, we have been reading short stories from humorous books with North Dakota connections. Not only does this bring smiles, it is a good way to reminisce about days farming or small-town living. Nancy has played piano for rhythm band and Pam Sedler was here to play her guitar. We had a hallway ice cream social and the ladies were able to have their nails painted during hallway pretty nails. There is an ongoing game of progressive bingo for both staff and residents. But best of all is the ability to provide wheel chair rides outside for our residents or just to accompany them out to enjoy the fresh air. All of our staff have gone out of their way to help our residents during this unprecedented time. Thank you to everyone!

Our sympathy to the friends and family of Gloria Boeddeker who passed away June 7th. Gloria was well known in the community and will be missed. May she rest in peace.

Until next time … a thought for the week … Choose to be happy. Happiness is a conscious choice.