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Note to our readers: March/April 2020 VOLUME 2 | NO. 2 Senior Connections HJ.COM This is a combined March/April issue. Public welcome to visit and shop at St. Mary’s Country Store in Winsted NANCY DASHWOOD Staff Writer Some enterprising women recently opened The Country Store at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted. The idea for a store was brought up by staffer Mi- chele Muller at a resident council meeting, said Don- na Reese, who is the vice president of the group. “Michele talked about her dream to have a store, so residents can shop,” Reese said. “She was getting emotional, so I thought I had to dive in and help.” Dream to reality Following additional discussion, residents and staff pinned down goals for the store. Of course, they wanted to offer shopping opportu- nities for residents, but they also wanted the public to know they are encouraged to visit and shop, too. In addition, the group set a clear path for store profi ts. They decided that funds raised would be used to help pay for projects and activities for residents. Bingo, outings, and musical entertainment are some acceptable uses of store monies. Profi t might also be used to provide small tokens of appreciation for staff members. Setting up shop Resident Margie Kritzeck was on board to help with the store from its earliest days. She said, once the group knew it could use a vacant exercise room, they began collecting donations for store stock. That was about six weeks ago. During the next two weeks, residents and staff set up and merchandised the store. The Country Store offi cially opened for business a month ago. Kritzeck said the store is off to a solid start, noting it has already brought in $300. Kritzeck and Reese price items together, and, they More COUNTRY STORE on Pg 2 Residents and staff at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted recently opened The Country Store. Donna Reese - left, staff er Michele Muller, and Margie Kritzeck were each instrumental in bringing the store to reality. The store off ers a wide variety of items, including a selection of jewelry. Lola, in Kritzeck’s arms, works hard as the store mascot. PHOTOS BY NANCY DASHWOOD Senior Connections is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted