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The Colony’s Annual Fishing Trips are a Success
The Colony at Eden Prairie has been very fortunate the past two years to take part in a wonderful program available in Eden Prairie. The Eden Prairie Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is an organization that allows the opportunity for seniors and others to experience being out on the lake fishing, or just taking a boat ride. Let’s Go Fishing is taking off all over Minnesota and is able to serve many seniors throughout the state. We are looking forward to our three fishing trips scheduled for the upcoming summer!
Bob Wilkins and his Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
It was Bob Wilkin’s senior year at Monroe High School in St. Paul, 1942-43. “Our destiny upon graduation was either enlistment or draft into the Armed Forces, compulsory at age 18.” The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to involve the United States in WWII.
The high school faculty offered two new courses. The first, Commando Training, was required of all senior boys. “The physical skills we displayed to Leonard Tracy, our track coach, might raise doubts about the ability of the US and its allies to win the war.” But the patriotic students embraced the intensive labor, including running a mile. “When D-Day – the Allied invasion of Normandy – occurred on June 6, 1944, the casualties ensured that we would end up as foot soldiers in the U.S. Infantry.
The second new course at Monroe High was Vocational Cooking. It was voluntary and a lot easier than Commando Training. “My friend Howard Nessel and I took the course as a diversion.” It is where Bob acquired the recipe for macaroni and cheese.
Bob turned 18 on June 7, 1944. He entered the Army as an “infantry replacement”. After 17 weeks he was selected for officer training, which kept him out of the Battle of the Bulge. Bob served two years in the Army.
Both before and after the war, Bob was a cook at a Boy Scout camp. His mother helped by transforming recipes for groups of 35+. His macaroni and cheese was winner. Its taste and texture quickly stood out, probably due to soft bread crumbs, chopped onion and eggs. His mother adopted it, and so did his sister Eileen Momsen. Through her it got the name Bob’s Macaroni and Cheese and was printed in the cookbook for Central Presbyterian Church in downtown St. Paul. Bob’s oldest son likes to cook it.
Bob earned his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1952 and enjoyed a successful career in the field. And even though Commando Training was difficult, it left a lasting impression on Bob. He became a long distance runner “to do something different.” Forget struggling with a mile – Bob ran the Boston Marathon twice!
The Colony defeats the Eden Prairie Eagles in Annual Football Game
For the 8th year in a row, the adults beat the kids in all the events — the touch football game, the push ups contest and the hotdog eating contest. During the activities, residents of The Colony at Eden Prairie watched from the sidelines. The Colony’s team was once again coached by former Vikings player Autry Beamon, who knows a thing or two about winning games. After the game, members of the Eden Prairie Eagles football team served hotdogs, chips and water to the residents.
“Everyone loves this event. It really brings our community together,” said Jennifer Kuhn, The Colony at Eden Prairie’s Director of Community Operations.
$3 million upgrade adds 19 memory care apartments, wellbeing programs and restaurants
The Waters, which last week announced that it has partnered with Senior Care Communities and Ebenezer to purchase The Colony of Eden Prairie, announced today that it is undertaking a series of improvements to the community. Over the next nine months, The Waters and its partners plan to invest $3 million to add 19 new memory care apartments, expand the current wellbeing studio to support The Waters’ signature programs such as “Rise-n-Thrive” and “Better Balance,” and to expand the community restaurant options to include a full-service café.