National Night Out is Aug. 1

Save the date — Tuesday, Aug. 1. It’s National Night Out.

By: Becky Felling at Heart of Hutch Connect Committee

The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood bonds by bringing neighbors together to watch their neighborhoods and prevent crime. It is a great time to have a neighborhood barbecue, potluck or ice cream social. Last year there were more than 25 neighborhood gatherings in Hutchinson.

Shelters in the city parks can be reserved through Hutchinson Parks and Recreation by calling 320-587-2975. If tables and chairs are needed, they are available through the McLeod County Fairgrounds at 320-587-2499. The rental fee is $5 for one table and eight chairs. Tables and chairs are also available, without cost, through Parks and Recreation by calling 320-587-2975. If delivery is requested, there is a $10 charge.To designate a no-traffic area for a gathering, traffic barriers can be obtained through the Hutchinson Police Department by calling 320-587-2242.
In the past, members of the police department, fire department and ambulance crews have stopped by many of the neighborhood gatherings.
Whatever you and your neighbors decide to do, make Tuesday, Aug. 1 an evening to remember.
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Broccoli Baked Potatoes

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Take Back Your Family Time

Daily lives for children have changed drastically over the past generation. Children used to have lots of free time. They were often outside playing. However, two national studies completed less than 20 years apart show some amazing statistics regarding children’s lives today:

  • Children age 3 to 12 have 12 hours less unstructured play time per week.
  • The time children spend “on the sideline” watching siblings play sports has doubled.
  • Children spend 50 percent more time studying even though there is no evidence that homework for children younger than 13 contributes to learning.
  • Religious participation for children has declined by 40 percent.
  • Time spent just talking as a family has “fallen off the radar” — the average family has zero!
  • Children also spend more time watching TV but the amount of time watching TV as a family has declined by 25 percent. This may be because 28 percent of preschoolers and two-thirds of teenagers have a TV in their bedrooms.

We live in a fast-paced world. We have a “speed-up” society of FedEx, faxes, email and Instagram. Our culture has become one of commitment to individual activities instead of family activities. Childhood used to revolve around the family while the family now revolves around children’s individual activities. Both parents and children’s schedules are so busy that neither has time for family meals together. However, studies have shown how important it is to have family meals together. Having four or more dinners together as a family per week is the greatest indicator of:

  • academic success;
  • healthy psychological adjustment of teenagers; and a
  • decrease in alcohol and drug use, early sexual activity and suicide

Interested in more information? Check your Winter Community Education Brochure or our calendar. Andrew Larson, Marriage and Family Therapist at NorthStar Counseling Center will engage parents of children all ages to “Take Back Your Family Time” on Jan. 19.

Information for this article was obtained from Take Back Your Family Time presented by Dr. Bill Doherty, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota.


One Book One Community: Adventure Begins

The first series of events for the One Book, One Community program is scheduled for January 31st.  This first event sets the stage for the time period of the book: Canoeing with the Cree.

Lori Pickell-Stangel and Joe Stangel will talk about the history of the fur trading industry and fur-bearing animals. 
Date and time: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm
Location: McLeod County Museum

Free and open to the public.

Learn more about OBOC program, partner events and 2016’s book choice.

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Grilled Baby Bok Choy


Our friends at Loon Organics gave us a grilling recipe with a new twist!

Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Walnut Pesto
  1. 2 bok choy
  2. 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  3. 4 oz fresh basil leaves (1 oz. in the bag)
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 tsp fresh oregano
  7. sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Blend all together in a food processor.
  2. Cut 2 bok choy in half lengthwise (or leave small ones whole) and baste with pesto.
  3. Grill for 15 minutes either on foil or on clean grill until stem is soft and can be pierced with a fork.
  1. Save additional pesto to add to tuna salad, lettuce wraps, etc.
  2. Loon Note:We grilled baby bok choy a few weeks ago and had it with rice. It has a lovely smoky flavor. Grilled chicken or tofu is a nice side addition tool.
Adapted from Loon Organics
Adapted from Loon Organics
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Minnesota’s Healthiest Hometown


As a followup to The Healthiest City: Hutchinson?, we are highlighting reasons why Hutchinson should be added to the list! [Read more…]

Register for Wellness Wednesdays



Join us for Wellness Wednesdays the 2nd Wednesday of September, November, January, March, May, and July!

Worksite Wellness

Little Free Library

One Book, One Community

Book Read LogoRegister as a participant for our community book read.

Note: being part of a book club is not required.


Why register?

Heart of Hutch and One Book, One Community partners would like to know how many people are engaging in this community book read.  Registered participants will also be provided with event updates and reminders, special topics related to the book, referral to book clubs and area resources as requested by participant, etc.  Registration is not required to participate in online discussions or events.

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