Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, June 24, 2002

Laughter on the menu at Winsted senior dining

By Julie Yurek

For those who attend Senior Dining in Winsted, laughter and smiles are part of the menu, as is the home cooked food.

Senior Dining is served Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the American Legion.

Meals are provided to individuals 60 years of age or older, although others are also welcome.

The price for 60 and above is $2.85. For those less than 60 years old, the price is $5.

It's easy to attend Senior Dining. Just phone ahead one day in advance to reserve a meal, said Louise Cordell, Senior Dining coordinator. She has been coordinator for about five years.

Senior Dining is not limited to just Winsted residents, volunteer Dorothy Entinger said. "We just had two new people from Lester Prairie attend."

It takes place all year around, but it does have its snow days too, just like the schools do, Cordell said. Also, not everyone who attends is more than 60. Some employees from EDCO of Winsted Products make it for lunch, Cordell said.

Senior Dining is not all about lunch though. Bingo is played Tuesdays, and cards are played Thursdays.

Bingo begins at 9:30 a.m and goes until about 11 a.m. each Tuesday morning. It's 50 cents for each Bingo card played, and winners receive $1, unless it's a tie. Then each gets 50 cents.

"We enjoy it," commented volunteer Bingo caller Leonard Rozeske. Leonard and his wife Irene both volunteer as callers, and have been doing for about four years, Leonard said.

Thursdays is card playing, mostly Polish Poker, Straight Euchre or Buck Euchre, and Sheephead.

George "Butch" Lachermeier volunteers his time to play with the seniors and teach newcomers how to play.

The second Tuesday of the month, the group celebrates birthdays.

June birthdays were Lavern Entinger, Glenn Bathen, and Luella Eckelberry. Entinger and Bathen were able to attend, but Eckelberry was not, due to a broken hip.

Usually a person with the birthday brings cake for cake and ice cream, Irene said.

One may come for only the activities if that person wants, Irene said.

"Even though there are only two days a week with activities, we try to bring treats on the other days," Cordell said.

To help pay for the rent for Senior Dining, local organizations donate money directly to the Legion, Leonard said.

That money enables Senior Dining to take place, Irene said.

Volunteers such as Lachermeier, Entinger, and the Rozeskes are also an important part in Senior Dining.

A volunteer picks up residents at Linden Wood Apartments and takes them to the Legion, Cordell said. Those who do not reside in Linden Wood must find a ride.

Volunteers also pick up the food, which is prepared by St. Mary's, and serve it to the seniors. Another volunteer then drives meals to seniors who cannot make it to the Legion, Cordell said.

"Senior Dining isn't charity. It's just something fun to take part in," Cordell said.

Weekly menus appear in the Journal on Page 2.

To call to reserve a meal, call the Legion at (320) 485-4366 between 10:30 a.m and 12:45 p.m. at and ask for Louise.

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