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Seeland Park Stories: My Miracle

Seeland Park resident, Kathi shares some thoughts. "I have always believed in miracles; and during this terrible pandemic, I have not been disappointed! My mother always planted pansies every year; and she told me, “When you have white pansies, they are telling you that somebody is watching over you.”

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A Moment in History: Horse Draw School Bus

Most of us probably haven’t even heard of a horse-drawn school bus—let alone ridden in one! Russ Sadler, resident at Seeland Park, however, rode to school in a horse-drawn bus in Selma, Iowa during the 1940s. 

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St. Francis Manor’s Heroes Commemorated for Work During COVID-19

In recognition of all the heroes working at St. Francis Manor during the COVID-19 pandemic, Seeland Park resident Mike Sawyer recently presented a wood-burning plaque created by artist Kathy Reed of Grinnell to Administrator/RN Tiffany Criswell, who continues to lead the COVID-19 charge at St. Francis.

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Father's Day Feature

In celebration of Father’s Day this month, Randy Durr and Kelly Sieck provided articles about their fathers—Maynard Durr and Jerry Davis. 

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1st Anniversary Celebrated at Hammond Center for Assisted Living

Tenants and staff celebrated the Hammond Center’s first anniversary with a special dinner on March 4. The festivities began at 4 PM with appetizers and beverages followed by a short program that included a special appearance from Connie the Contractor a/k/a Betty Hammond.

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National Wear Red Day "Go Red" for Women Fashion Show

On Friday, February 7th the Social Center was radiating with women dressed in red as over 130 St. Francis Manor, Seeland Park, Hammond Center and Grinnell community residents celebrated National Wear Red Day. Started by the American Heart Association in 2003, the women wore red to raise awareness of heart disease which is the No. 1 killer of women.

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Annual Grinnell College Men’s & Women’s Basketball Team Dinner

St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park hosted the Grinnell College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams at a dinner in the Social Center on January 9. The athletes and coaches enjoyed a delicious dinner of beef brisket, chicken parmesan, baked potatoes, corn, Caesar salad and brownies prepared by the St. Francis Manor Culinary staff—a real treat for the teams since the college dining services are closed during winter break.

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Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Manor was a fun event for all ages! Over 200 people including four-generations of the Hanssen family gathered for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.

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