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National Night Out 2018

cartoon drawing of people having an outdoor cookout

You’re invited.  Get to know your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug 7th, at the neighborhood gathering closest to you.

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.  Join a party and say hello to someone new!


Who’s invited: All neighborhood residents
Location: 1120 Keith Street SW.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Ackland-Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, water and tables.


Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 p.m. to dusk
Contact: Grace Lutheran Church at 320-587-3051
Chairs, food, games and prizes will be provided.
Bring: shields and buckets for “Hutchinson’s Largest Water Fight”


Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights Association
Location: Gazebo on Prairie View Drive Southwest
Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at, or 320-587-3423, or Sue Boske at 320-587-8330
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: Residents of the Meadows Townhouse Association
Location: 832 Greensview Court N.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Ken Schuts at 952-221-2778
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: Anyone and everyone
Location: Northwoods Park Shelter
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058 or
Bring: A dish to pass.
Pulled pork, barbecues, 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: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at
Bring: Nothing.
BBQ’s, beans, chips and lemonade will be served


Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1240 Rolling Oaks Lane
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Pat Docken 320-224-2945
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair


Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Lions Park West on Sunset Street
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Toni Fischer at 320-552-3977
Bring: A dish to pass, beverage, chairs and utensils.


Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: End of D building at 1035 Texas Ave.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring: A chair. Taco in a bag and beverages will be served. 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: John Paulson at 320-583-1941
Bring: Nothing. Plenty of picnic tables are available for seating. Cold treats will be provided. Kid-friendly activities are planned.


Who’s invited: Anyone in the neighborhood
Location: Gazebo on Oakwood Court
Time: 6 pm
Contact: Sandy Lennes at 320-455-0257, or Letty Bernhagen at 320-587-6508
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Tables, utensils and beverages will be provided.


Who’s invited: City residents
Location: Elks Park on Sherwood Street Southeast
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: John Hassinger at 320-582-2342
Bring: A chair. Serving cookies and water. Hosted by South Orchard Avenue Estates.


Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The parking lot of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 665 Miller Ave. S.W.
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Church office at 320-587-3312
Bring: An item to donate to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Root beer floats and corn dogs will be provided. Organized games are planned.


Who’s invited: Residents of Deer Park Apartments
Location: Park and community building at 309 North High Drive N.W.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at 320-587-7505
Bring: A lawn chair. Tacos in a bag and beverages will be served.


Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: 725 Tyler St. S.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Jacob Sanken at 320-582-0141
Bring: A lawn chair and a dish to share.


Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Hidden Circle cul-de-sac
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Kim Kotzer at 612-219-8229, or Sue Peters at 507-829-6917
Bring: A dish to pass, something to grill and utensils.


Who’s invited: Residents of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Location: Corner of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Kay Yoch at 320-587-2955
Bring: A chair. Root beer floats will be provided.


Who’s invited: Church members, Woodstone residents and anyone living in the neighborhood
Location: Christ the King parking lot, 1040 South Grade Road S.W.
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Contact: The church office at 320-587-2776
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. There will be games for kids and a live band.


Who’s invited: area residents
Location: corner of Blackbird and Blackhawk Drives SW
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Sue Lambertson at 320-296-1991
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass and your family. Optional: a non-perishable food item for the food shelf.


Who’s invited: All Country Club Terrace residents
Location: grassy area by the office
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contacts: Dawn Aldrich at 320-587-2000
Bring: A dish to pass. Hotdogs and table service will be provided as well as lots of children’s activities.


Who’s invited: All residents of Lynn Township.
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: Lynn Town Hall
Contact: Cheryl Bleil at 320-587-2746
Bring: a dish to pass. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

Hutchinson Health Transfers Ownership of Harmony River to Presbyterian Homes & Services

Hutchinson Health announced that Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) will assume ownership of Harmony River Care Center effective August 1, 2018. The ownership change will also include the sale of approximately 23 acres of adjacent land for possible future expansion.

Harmony River, with 120 care center suites and 18 assisted living apartments, was developed by Hutchinson Health and PHS in 2012, replacing Burns Manor Care Center, which had served the community since 1965. PHS has been managing operations since the redevelopment. “This transition is a natural evolution of senior services in our community” said Dr. Steve Mulder, President of Hutchinson Health. “Presbyterian Homes has been a valued partner for the past ten plus years, beginning with the earliest planning for Harmony River. With their demonstrated commitment to the community they are in the best position to continue the operation of Harmony River and exploration of expansion of senior services on that site.”

Dan Lindh, President of Presbyterian Homes & Services added, “We have been blessed to be a part of the Hutchinson community and look forward to continuing and strengthening ties with Hutchinson Health, Ridgewater College, area churches, and other community partners who continue with us in ministry. While this is a transition of physical property and a truly beautiful community, we are most honored to carry on the legacy of service that Harmony River is known for.”

About Hutchinson Health

After five decades of providing exceptional medical care, Hutchinson Health has partnered with HealthPartners to expand capabilities to better serve patients and the community. Hutchinson Health includes primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs. It continues to offer a licensed 66-bed, Level 4 Trauma Center, employing 30 full time physicians, 35 specialty care providers and 650 total staff committed to promoting health and wellness.

About Presbyterian Homes & Services

Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing a broad array of high quality housing choices, care and service options for older adults. 6,400 employees serve 25,000 older adults through 46 PHS-affiliated senior living communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, and through Optage® home and community services. Established in 1955, PHS has earned the reputation as an innovative leader concerned with promoting independence, vitality and well-being for those they serve.

Entrance to Clinic under Construction

Starting Monday we will be remodeling the curbing at the drop off entrance to the Hutchinson Health Clinic. The entrance will be open, but to better help you navigate, a concierge will be located at the clinic east entrance, to help those needing assistance as they arrive and depart. Concierge services will be available Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, through the duration of the project. Follow the signage and walk up the temporary ramp if the concierge is not visible, as they may be helping other guests. Look for a teal or purple shirt, with “Make Good Happen” on the front if you should need any assistance.

Hometown Hero Night at Wheel and Cog

Wheel & Cog's Hometown Hero's Night

Cometo Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum for Hometown Hero Night on Thursday, July 19th from 4-6PM.

We’ll have local “hometown heroes” stationed in exhibit spaces at the museum for kids and adults to meet, get autographs and pictures as you enjoy free play at the museum.

  • Treats provided by Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Free autograph booklet for kids
  • Raffle prizes

Admission is free.