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A Night to Connect

national night out

National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrated at more than a dozen locations in Hutchinson on Tuesday, Aug. 5th.


The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods.





Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood

Location: Blackbird Drive, just west of fairgrounds

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Deanna Schwint at 320-587-2781

Bring along: A dish to pass, beverage and lawn chair. A balloon toss contest is planned.



Who’s invited: All neighborhood residents

Location: 1125 Cheyenne St. S.W.

Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Bonnie Fimon at 320-587-6962

Bring along: A dish to pass. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, lemonade, chairs and tables.



Who’s invited: Residents who live in the immediate neighborhood, along Eighth and Ninth avenues southwest, Mahogany Court Southwest, Roberts Street Southwest and Lakewood Drive Southwest

Location: Eighth Avenue Southwest between Lakewood Drive Southwest and Roberts Street Southwest

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Tami Neubauer at 320-587-3304

Bring along: Lawn chairs, and children should bring their bicycles and tricycles. Root beer floats will be served.


Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend

Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.

Time: 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2

Contact: Grace Lutheran at 320-587-3051

Bring along: Nothing; all food will be provided. Many games and prizes.


Who’s invited: Immediate neighborhood residents

Location: 700 Block of Graham Street Southwest

Time: 5 p.m. to whenever the last person goes home.

Contact: Brian Duscher at 320-223-1197, or Tina Drey at 763-221-4529.

Bring along: Something you would like to grill and a dish to share and your own beverage. Activities include air hockey, ping pong, and kids riding their bikes as well as yard games. Neighborhood residents who want to help or provide anything additional should call one of the two contact people.



Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights association

Location: Gazebo area in the park on Prairie View Drive

Time: Starts at 5:30, potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.

Contact: Betty Braun at or 320-587-3423, or Dave Wieweck at 320-587-8166

Bring along: Bring a dish to pass, and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: Residents of The Meadows

Location: 832 Greensview Court N.W.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Pat Wittman at 320-234-3553

Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.



Who’s invited: Neighborhood residents

Location: Northwoods Park Shelter

Time: 5 to whenever

Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058 or

Bring along: A dish to pass. A hog roast, sloppy joes, beverages and prizes for the kids will be provided. The firetruck will make an appearance if all goes as planned.



Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers

Location: Park Towers community room

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Contact: Lorri Olson at

Bring Along: Nothing. Pulled pork sandwiches, beans and potato chips will be served.



Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane

Location: Driveway at 1245 Rolling Oaks Lane

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Tammy Lauer at 320-583-2567

Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair.



Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood

Location: Hayden Avenue, between Lake Street Southwest and Fischer Street Southwest

Time: 6 p.m.

Contact: Norma Elrod at 320-587-4333

Bring along: A dish to pass, a beverage, chairs, plates and utensils.



Who’s invited: Residents of neighborhood

Location: Lions Park West on Sunset Street

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Donna Baysinger

Bring along: A dish to pass.



Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes

Location: Twin Oaks Townhomes between B and C buildings

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Janice Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505

Bring along: A dish to share for the potluck and a chair. Lots of games and prizes for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.



Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood

Location: VFW Park

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Hugh Foster at 320-587-5628

Bring along: Nothing. Ice cream cones, juice, drinks and water will be served along with entertainment/activities. Plenty of picnic tables for seating.



Who’s invited: Residents of Valley View Apartments

Location: 215 Fourth Ave. N.E.

Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Contact: Heather Moore at 587-7610

Bring along: A lawn chair. Ice cream floats, cones and sundaes will be served. Water activities for kids and a visit from the fire department are planned.



Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend

Location: Gazebo on Oakwood Court

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact: Sandy Lennes at 320-455-0257 or Letty Bernhagen at 320-587-6508

Bring along: A dish to pass and chairs. The event is to raise money for Emma Olmscheid, 1 1/2, who was diagnosed with astrocytoma in March. A silent auction of items donated by the Greens residents will occur. Root beer floats also sold for $1. Tables, utensils and beverages will be provided. A firetruck will be present. Rain date is Aug. 7.



Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood

Location: Elks Park near 1300 Sherwood St. S.E.

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Contact: John Hassinger at 587-3150

Bring along: A chair. Watermelon provided by the Village Cooperative. Entertainment and city guests will be present.

From Local Growers to YUM!!

DSC_0451We highlighted asparagus and radishes last Saturday at the market with a fresh and simple asparagus and radish salad.  The dressing recipe included is a tasty one for any fresh vegetable you happen to have on hand.  Vendors had some great looking asparagus and rhubarb out.  Check back at the market for more spring time harvests in the upcoming weeks!

Asparagus, Radish and Rhubarb Recipes

Loose Leaf Green Lettuce Salad

The Asparagus and Radish Salad called for ginger root.  Ginger root is an easy one to forget about in the back of the refrigerator.  Karen shared a tip with tasting participants on Saturday: keep it in the freezer between uses.  Not only will it be ready when you need it, but grating frozen ginger root is even a bit easier than fresh.

Stop by and say hi to us at the Hutchinson Farmers Market on June 21st!

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Zimmer Mobile Learning Center Education in Motion

Coming to Hutchinson Health

  • Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Plaza 15 Parking Lot

The Zimmer Mobile Learning Center is a traveling education vehicle that provides training to orthopedic surgeons, nurses, other health care professionals and community members on a
wide range of orthopedic topics and treatment options.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and visit and get an up close look at what’s involved with total joint replacements at Hutchinson Health.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

Grieving is painful for everyone, but the death of a baby presents a very special grief.

Often family and friends are well-meaning, but cannot give parents the support they need.  Find support from those who understand your intense grief and emptiness-other parents who have lost a baby.  Come to a confidential, safe place to share your feelings and learn coping strategies.

Meeting information:

  • 7 pm at Hutchinson Health Hospital in Conference Room F (located on the left of the main lobby).
  • Second Tuesday every other month. The dates for 2016:
    • February 9
    • April 12
    • June 14
    • August 9
    • October 11
    • December 13

This group is open to the community at no cost. For more information, please contact Mandy Sturges or April Schumacher at 320-484-4621.


Small is Better: When it comes to surgery, small has a lot of perks.

Bigger isn’t always better.

With minimally invasive surgery, we use:

  • teeny-tiny incisions (often less than one quarter of an inch),
  • thin, flexible instruments, and
  • miniature cameras, narrower than a pinky finger.

At Hutchinson Health, we believe less is more. Minimally invasive surgical procedures mean our patients experience less pain, less scarring, and less recovery time. Medical problems shouldn’t take up a big chunk of your life. Let Hutchinson Health’s skilled surgical team help you experience the benefits of minimally invasive surgery today.


Top orthopedic surgeon joins Hutchinson Health

Dr. Thomas Nelson

Dr. Thomas Nelson

Specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements and orthopedic oncology, Dr. Thomas Nelson is looking forward to sharing his expertise with patients in Hutchinson and the surrounding area.

“I have always wanted to work in a smaller community,” noted Dr. Nelson, whose special interests include joint replacement revisions, knee surgery, hip surgery, hip resurfacing, and arthritis care.

Dr. Nelson’s first day at Hutchinson Health was April 1. Previously, he served as an orthopedic surgeon in the Twin Cities. In the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Nelson was voted a “Top Doctor” by his peers.

Doing the right thing and putting patients first has always been my philosophy of care. I enjoy interacting with patients and helping them continue to enjoy an active life.”

Dr. Nelson is board-certified and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and completed an orthopedic oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he also completed his residency, and currently serves as an assistant professor. When he’s not working, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathryn Pyzdrowski, MD, and their three adult children, Molly, Thomas Jr., and Andrew. Call the Orthopedic & Rehab Clinic at 320-484-4400 for an appointment, no referral necessary.

Less pain, more gain!

Three Hutchinson Health general surgeons answer patients’ questions about minimally invasive procedures:

What is minimally invasive procedure?

Dr. Josh Knudtson:

Dr. Josh Knudtson“Just like it sounds, a minimally invasive procedure (also called a laparoscopic procedure) is less ‘invasive’ than traditional open surgery. Instead of a larger incision with directly exposed organs, minimally invasive procedures typically involve multiple small incisions. Depending on the type of surgery, we insert one or more tubes to help us see inside the body with a tiny camera. Then, with a clear, magnified view of the area, we use specialized instruments to perform the procedure. Minimally invasive surgery is becoming increasingly common, and is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of medical conditions.”

What are the benefits?

Dr. Michael Remucal:

Dr. Michael Remucal“Patients often say that one of the best parts of minimally invasive surgery is the quick recovery time. Because we typically don’t need to cut into muscle, significantly less tissue is damaged. As a result, patients are able to leave the hospital sooner, with less pain and scarring. Comfort levels after a minimally invasive procedure are generally higher than with open surgery, and patients are able to take less pain medication.”

Can my condition be treated with a minimally invasive procedure?

Dr. Christina Moses:

Dr. Christina Moses“With today’s technology, many procedures can be performed with minimally invasive methods, including hip and knee replacements, heart valve repairs, spine surgeries, and more. Recently, I performed Hutchinson Health’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive way to remove a diseased or damaged kidney. A few other examples of conditions we commonly treat with minimally invasive procedures include vein disease, hernias, gallstones, GERD/reflux disease, carpal tunnel, and skin lesions. Every situation is unique, and when you make an appointment at Hutchinson Health, your doctor will assess your specific needs and recommend the best course of action for you.”

In good hands

minimally invasive procedureAfter minimally invasive carpal tunnel surgery, Ted Beatty’s hand has been ‘problem-free.’

In fall 2013, when 71-year-old Ted Beatty of Hutchinson began experiencing pain in his left hand, he quickly suspected carpal tunnel syndrome.

Years earlier, his wife had also been affected by the condition – which is known for symptoms like aching in the wrist (sometimes extending to the hand and forearm), tingling and numbness, and a sense of weakness in the hands. As the problem progresses, people can find themselves unable to hold onto objects in the affected hand.

It got to the point that unless I had a brace on – and even sometimes with a brace – the pain and numbness would wake me up at all hours of the night.

Normally, the carpal tunnel (a narrow passageway in the wrist) has enough space for tendons and the median nerve to comfortably fit inside. With carpal tunnel syndrome, however, the median nerve becomes compressed, either due to the tunnel being too narrow, or a tendon swelling or degenerating from a process such as tendonitis.

In Ted’s case, tests at Hutchinson Health confirmed that compression on his median nerve was, in fact, the cause of his pain.

“I chose to have the surgery, and I knew I wanted it to be the minimally invasive procedure,” Ted says.

Ted also knew which surgeon he wanted: Dr. Michael Remucal.

Dr. Michael Remucal

Dr. Michael Remucal

“I’ve known Michael Remucal since he was an infant,” Ted says, explaining that he lived in the same neighborhood as the Remucal family for nearly two decades.

Through the years, Ted and Michael’s father, Cris, were fishing and golfing buddies, too.

When it came time for Ted’s procedure at the end of January, he felt confident he was in good hands. He was able to stay awake during the surgery, and was given a regional anesthetic to numb his left arm. Dr. Remucal then made a tiny incision in his wrist, and released the tight ligament over Ted’s median nerve.

“I was recovered within a week, and I haven’t had any problems since,” Ted says, adding that he only took two pain reliever pills during his recovery. A few days after his surgery, Ted was feeling good enough for a lower body workout at Anytime Fitness in Hutchinson. This summer, he’s looking forward to plenty of golfing and fishing, too.

“I have nothing but praise for the surgical staff at Hutchinson Health,” Ted says. “I would recommend Dr. Remucal highly.”

Open Surgery

Open Surgery

An incision is made from the wrist to the center of the palm, through layers of skin, fat and connective tissue. The procedure is effective, but may not be the best option for many patients.

  • Leaves a scar from the wrist to the center of the palm.
  • Recovery can take several weeks.

Endoscopic Surgery

(minimally invasive)

minimally invasive surgery
An endoscope, a thin tube with a built in camera, gives the surgeon a sufficient view to release pressure on the nerve. It involves a small incision at the base of the wrist in non-tensed tissue. Highly effective, endoscopic surgery results in:

  • Less post-operative pain.
  • Minimal scar is concealed by wrist crease.
  • Decreased return to-work time.

Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary donates more than $147,000

The Hutchinson Health Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $147,588 to support the hospital’s growing surgical services.

The donation will be used to purchase a new operating bed, and state-of-the-art anesthesia machines that feature additional ventilation modes.

Anesthedia Staff

Brandon Thiemann and Peter Ydstie from Hutchinson Health Hospital Anesthesia Staff ; and Cheryl Sanken, Marion Neisen, Nell Gehrke Peterson, and Sally Moehring from the Auxiliary

Over the years, the auxiliary has donated more than $1.9 million to Hutchinson Health, contributing to the purchase of hospital equipment and technology, ranging from defibrillators and physical therapy equipment to new ambulances and electronic ICU equipment.

Auxiliary members volunteer countless hours each year at Hutchinson Health. They work in the hospital coffee shop, gift shop, and downtown thrift shop; they serve as hospital greeters and mail messengers; and they knit caps for newborn babies.

Our members enjoy volunteering and seeing the reward of new equipment being purchased to enhance patient care,

said Sally Moehring, current auxiliary president.

Anyone interested in becoming a member (or just volunteering a few hours) can contact Anna Harvala at 320-484-4513.

Getting back on her feet

Kim Roiger

Kim Roiger

Kim Roiger of Litchfield finds help for heel pain

As a personal care attendant at an assisted living facility, Kimberly Roiger of Litchfield didn’t think much of spending her workdays on her feet – until about eight months ago.

That was the time she started experiencing throbbing, aching pain in the back of both her feet.

It’s the little things you take for granted – like being able to walk and feel no pain,

Kim says.

Even with supportive shoes and inserts, each step became difficult for Kim.

“It was all day, constant,” she recalls. “By the time I’d get home from work, it would hurt so bad.” By mid-February, the pain had started to extend into Kim’s thighs and back. She knew she needed help, and made an appointment with Dr. David Maher, who specializes in foot care at Hutchinson Health.

Dr. Maher diagnosed Kim with plantar fasciitis, which occurs when a ligament in the arch of the foot is too tight, and therefore begins to pull away from the heel. Conservative care for this condition involves orthotics, stretching, and injections.

“If all else fails, the last resort is a plantar fascial release,” Dr. Maher notes, explaining that the procedure involves surgically cutting the plantar fascia to allow it to lengthen. Having tried other methods of care without success, Kim opted to have Dr. Maher perform the surgery.

“Today, we are able to do this endoscopically,” Dr. Maher says. “This means that it can all be done through a quarter-inch incision, allowing patients to be back in their shoes in three days.”

Kim is glad she chose Dr. Maher for her surgery, and describes him as her “angel.”

“He knew how much pain I was in, and he was there to help,” she says. “He’s awesome, and he has a sense of humor, too.”

Kim was already noticing positive changes a week after the endoscopic plantar fascial release, and was looking forward to heading back to work the end of March.

“Ever since my surgery, I don’t have the pain going up the back of my legs,” she says, adding that she’s excited to take walks outside this spring.

“I should be able to do back flips pretty soon,” she laughs.

First laparoscopic kidney removal performed in Hutchinson

Christina MosesSince Dr. Christina Moses joined Hutchinson Health in September 2013, her broad-spectrum surgery skills have been put to good use.

Recently, she performed Hutchinson’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy, a minimally invasive surgery to remove a diseased or damaged kidney.

“With laparoscopic procedures, we use long instruments and a camera,” Dr. Moses said.

Incisions are much smaller than traditional open surgery, and patients are able to recover quicker, with less pain and scarring.

“Normally with a laparoscopic procedure, patients are up and moving the next day, if not the same day,” said Dr. Moses, who previously practiced at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Laparoscopy is just one of Dr. Moses’ many areas of surgical expertise; she also performs endoscopy, soft tissue, endocrine, and open procedures. A few examples of conditions Dr. Moses often treats include carpal tunnel, hernias, gallstones, colon/bowel problems, cancer, thyroid issues, skin lesions, and varicose veins.

Dr. Moses’ aspirations to become a surgeon started at a young age.

When I was 4 years old, I already had an interest in anatomy and physiology, even though I didn’t know what it was called,

she said.

That passion never wavered, and today, Dr. Moses is living out her dream at Hutchinson Health.

“I enjoy identifying a problem and being able to fix it,” she said. “I like making people feel better.” Minimally invasive expert Dr. Christina Moses use advanced surgical procedures to treat conditions like vein disease, hernias, gallstones, and GERD/reflux disease.

Dassel woman finds healing after a minimally invasive hysterectomy

“I wish I would have gone in sooner,” says 40-year-old Tricia Elke of Dassel, who underwent a total hysterectomy at Hutchinson Health the end of February.

Previously, Tricia had been visiting a different clinic, where she opted for a permanent birth control method called Essure. The procedure prevents pregnancy with soft, flexible inserts in the fallopian tubes.

Unfortunately, one of Tricia’s inserts fell out, and ended up lodging in her cervix.

“I knew something wasn’t right,” she recalls. Her physician at the time told her not to worry about it, but Tricia continued to have pain in that area.

“It hurt all the time, and every once in a while, I’d get this feeling like someone stabbing me from the inside, and then twisting,” she says. After more than a year, Tricia decided to get a second opinion, this time from Dr. David Byron at Hutchinson Health. The first time she visited Dr. Byron was 23 years ago, and he was familiar with her medical history.

“He knew I was in pain, and that I wasn’t making it up,” Tricia says.

Hutchinson Health is more personal than other places I’ve gone, and that’s why I went back there.

Emily ZoulekDr. Byron recommended surgery, and referred Tricia to Dr. Emily Zoulek, who specializes in women’s health.

“My experience at the hospital was wonderful,” Tricia says. “The anesthetist really discussed things with me.”

The entire procedure – a total hysterectomy and uterosacral ligament suspension – was performed laparoscopically (with lighted camera and long, thin surgical instruments). Three tiny incisions were made – two on each side of Tricia’s abdomen, and one in the center.

After one night in the hospital, Tricia was able to go home to her family. Tricia was grateful for the exceptional care she received at Hutchinson Health.

Feeling congested?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a gentle, safe way to open nasal passages

Chronic nasal congestion is no fun. It can feel like pressure in your face, and sufferers often experience headaches, dental pain, fatigue, and bad breath. Other symptoms include a loss of smell or taste, a plugged or runny nose, and discolored post-nasal discharge.

If this describes what you’re dealing with, you’re not alone. Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) is one of the most common medical conditions, affecting about 37 million Americans each year.

Fortunately, a state-of-the-art procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty can alleviate this painful problem.

Unlike older technologies, this minimally invasive procedure does not remove bone or tissue. Patients typically have minimal pain and bleeding, and can resume their normal routine two days after the procedure.

How does it work? Just like it sounds, Balloon Sinuplasty uses a tiny balloon to gently open the obstructed nasal passageway.

First, a thin, flexible guide catheter is inserted through the nostril, into the blocked sinus area. Then, a balloon catheter is slid over the guide. Once it’s in the correct position, the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the blocked passageway.

After the balloon is deflated and removed, the sinuses are able to drain normally.

William AveryDr. William Avery, who specializes in conditions of the ear, nose, and throat, has performed numerous Balloon Sinuplasty procedures at Hutchinson Health. Dr. Avery is a physician with the Paparella Ear, Head, and Neck Institute, and is certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
If you’ve been suffering from chronic sinus pain, you might be a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure. Contact Hutchinson Health today at 320-234-3290 to have your condition evaluated by one of our health care professionals.

April was Donate Life and Foot Health Month

Organ, Eye and tissue donationDonate Life The next time you renew your driver’s license, consider checking “yes” to organ and tissue donation.

Registration can also be done online, at

It’s easy to do, and the decision could save up to 60 lives. It’s important to note that, as a donor, your life always comes first. Being a donor doesn’t change the medical care a person receives, and donor status is not taken into account until after a person dies.

Anyone is a potential candidate for organ and tissue donation, and there are no health or age requirements to sign up. Also, there is no cost to the donor or the donor’s family The identities of both the recipient and the donor family are kept confidential.

Nearly 120,000 people in the U.S. are currently in need of a transplant. Every day, about 18 people die while waiting. People who register as organ and tissue donors have the opportunity to make a life-saving difference for many families. To learn more, visit

Treat your feet!

Did you know that April is Foot Health Awareness Month?

If you haven’t given your feet much thought recently, now is the perfect time to take that extra step. Here are a few common summertime foot woes and ways to prevent them:

  • Dryness – Moisturize feet with coconut oil or foot cream.
  • Sunburn – Apply sunscreen to the tops of feet, or keep them covered.
  • Blisters – Keep feet dry and cool. Avoid shoes that are too tight.
  • Swelling – Soak feet in a tub of ice water for about 15 minutes.
  • Sweating – Choose footwear made of mesh fabrics.

Untreated pain in your feet or ankles can lead to unnecessary damage, and it’s best to take care of small problems before they become major issues.

For help with hurting feet, schedule an appointment with Hutchinson Health podiatrist David Maher, DPM, at 320-234- 3290.

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New Orthopedic Surgeon joins Hutchinson Health Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic

Thomas Nelson, MD

Thomas Nelson, MD

Specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements and orthopedic oncology, Dr. Thomas Nelson is looking forward to sharing his expertise with patients in Hutchinson and the surrounding area.

“I have always wanted to work in a smaller community,” noted Dr. Nelson, whose special interests include joint replacement revisions, knee surgery, hip surgery, hip resurfacing, and arthritis care.

Dr. Nelson’s first day at Hutchinson Health will be April 1. Previously, he served as an orthopedic surgeon in the Twin Cities. His specialized training includes direct anterior minimally invasive total hip arthoplasty, quad-sparing total knee replacements, and operative treatment of cancers of the musculo-skeletal system.

In the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Dr. Nelson was voted a “Top Doctor” by his peers.

Dr. Nelson joins Dr. Gordon Walker and staff , and will be seeing patients at Hutchinson Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic.

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs.

Same Day Surgery

Watch this video to be come more familiar with your upcoming same day surgery experience. Same Day Surgery’s singular focus is on outpatient surgical procedures. The entire team is focused on the same goal. Due to minimally invasive techniques and advancements in anesthesia, SDS provides a safe and effective patient-centered care that allows patients to recover in the comfort of their own home instead of the hospital setting.

“Little Free Library” Coming to Hutchinson

Little Free Library is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to promote a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults, and neighborhood libraries around the world.

It’s a “take a book, leave a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.  In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Little_Free_Library,_Easthampton_MA

The Connect Committee of the Heart of Hutch has been working on this initiative for several months, and in the meanwhile, a surprising discovery is that one individual in Hutchinson already has one and a second has been requested!

The first was given to June Dawson, who is involved with the foster grandparents program through Lutheran Social Services and volunteers at St. Anastasia Catholic School.  She received a little free library as a winner of an essay contest conducted by LSS titled: “Why I would like a Little Free Library.”   It can be found at Country Club Terrace Trailer Court by the general mail boxes.  June said that two curious children in the neighborhood helped to physically set up the library.  It has been very, very popular and she is considering increasing its size.  In addition, Ace Hardware in Hutchinson has donated a bench for the readers, which will be placed next to the little library in spring.

The second will be received by Teresa Schmidt who has asked for one for her birthday!  She found out about the libraries on a news program some years ago and thought it would be a great addition to her neighborhood.  Teresa lives at 830 Ash Street NE.

Little Free Libraries themselves are hand-crafted structures that contain constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens, and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 20-100 books.

Originally designed to look like a one-room school or a “house of books,” the Libraries rapidly took on a wide variety of sizes, shapes, themes and other attributes. There is no standard size and shape. Although many businesses and apartments may have had “take a book, leave a book” shelves for years, the idea of a network of unique structure with stewards, signage and social support began in 2010.  As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in the literary program  As of January 2014, there are over 15,000 Little Libraries worldwide, and counting. An estimated 1,650,000 books were donated and borrowed from 2010-2013.

In spring 2014, two more libraries will be added to Hutchinson’s little houses of books:   Maplewood Academy, at the home of John and Jeanne Hassinger at 546 2nd Avenue SW, and three additional sights are being considered.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Karen Schierman: 651-206-9106.

One Book, One Community

Book Read LogoThank you for participating in our first One Book, One Community project.  We were excited to see so many people register as a reader, attend the monthly events and share reading experiences with us.  With our partners, Hutchinson Public Library, McLeod County Historical Society and Hutchinson Public Schools, we look forward to developing another event for 2015.  More information to come.

If you haven’t shared your experience or opinion about this project yet, please comment below or here.



The Depot

The much anticipated Depot spot for the Farmers Market will be opening on May 17th.  Heart of Hutch will be there to celebrate by offering its monthly tasting as well.  Be sure to say hello to us and take a sample of our fresh eats and free recipes.

Tasting Schedule:  The third Saturday of the month from 8-12pm.

May 17th
June 21st
July 19th
August 16th
September 20th
October 18thfarmers market


 Hutchinson Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 and Saturdays 8-12pm.
It will be offering  fresh produce, baked goods, canned items and hot food.
Also new this year, EBT will be available both Wednesday AND Saturday.
Connect with the Hutchinson Farmers Market on Facebook.

Tasting events are made possible by community volunteers.  Get involved!  Email to find out more.