Hilltop Health Care Center has three years in a row of no citations from the MDH
Congratulations to Watkins Hilltop Health Care Center Staff for their recent Minnesota Department of Health Annual Compliance Survey. They had zero citations for the third year in a row. The average number of Health Department Citations for the state is 10 to 25.
The 64th Annual Cokato Corn Carnival will be Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 12-14. A number of activities are planned to provide enjoyment and entertainment for the entire family in the heart of downtown Cokato, at Peterson Park.
Events begin on Sunday, Aug. 11, with a community-wide ecumenical worship service at 7 p.m. on the main stage in Peterson Park.
Monday, Aug. 12, brings the parades and stage entertainment. The Kiddie parade begins at 6 p.m. In a change from previous years for the Kiddie parade, there are no formal categories, entrants are encouraged to be as creative as they want. Please be mindful that no motorized vehicles – including riding lawn mowers – are permitted. All Kiddie Parade participants will receive participation prizes, including complimentary ride tickets for the Midway. The main parade will follow immediately after the conclusion of the Kiddie parade.
Following the conclusion of the parades will be entertainment by Dassel-Cokato H.S. graduate, Rachel Kurtz, on the main stage, sponsored by the Cokato Ministerial Association. The food stands and midway rides in the park will also be open Monday evening. Please note that there will be no free corn-on-the-cob served Monday evening.
First-time homebuyer education
If you are looking to purchase your first home, now is the time to participate in Home Stretch! Home Stretch is a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home buying process. In one day, you will learn about credit, qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance, and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. Some affordable mortgage products, government loans, and down payment and closing cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate.
Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. Framework is a new online tool to prepare you for successful homeownership. Framework will provide you with the facts you need to become a knowledgeable buyer. Many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements. The registration link can be found at www.cmhp.net.
Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshop. The next workshop will be offered in St. Cloud on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Liberty Savings Bank in St. Cloud. Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. To register for the online Framework course or the Home Stretch workshop, please contact Trista at (320) 258-0681, and visit our website www.cmhp.net, for more information.
Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment and is strongly recommended prior to taking Home Stretch. This is a free service to anyone who wants to speak with a certified homeownership counselor about their financial situation prior to buying a home.
Millner Heritage Winery near Kimball celebrated their anniversary and Heritage Fest July 20-21. They served mexican food and had music and dancers representing a number of cultures. They gave tours of the winery and the vineyard, too. Harvest season is just around the corner for the different varieties of grapes grown there. Staff photo by Anton Matua.
Saturday, July 27, Minnesota Pioneer Park in Annandale will sponsor an area artisan expo from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Artisans will demonstrate, display and sell their work in many of the museum’s historic buildings. Come and experience a wide variety of art including painting, blacksmithing, wood carving and chipping, pottery,
photography, spinning, quilting, weaving and more. Musicians will perform in the Finnish Church. Summer-time food favorites also will be available including our famous root-beer floats.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, & under age 5 Free.
Minnesota Pioneer Park is located just east of Annandale on Highway 55. (320) 274-8489 or www.pioneerpark.org.