Elderly Go On Wheelchair Stroll, Attend Ice Cream Social

Dozens Participate in Wheelchair Walk From Nursing Home to Gordy's

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A special group of people set out for a stroll Thursday afternoon, proving that as we grow older it’s important not give up the things we once loved, however, find new ways to continue carrying out those traditions.

Thursday morning, 30 residents of the Sunnyside Health Center in Cloquet woke up with one thing – and one thing only – on their minds.

“Gordy’s! Gordy’s!” chanted Sunnyside Health Center resident Harris Stillwell.

For at least 15 year, Gordy’s Hi–Hat has invited the elderly from the near–by nursing home to spin on over…

“You know you always wonder what people are thinking if they’re from out of town,” laughed Gordy’s Owner Dan Lundquist.

…stop traffic as they wheel across Highway 33…

“We love watching them come across the highway, it’s one of the highlights,” Lundquist added.

…and roll into the warming house for an ice cream social.

“We had a chance to walk together, get together, be outside together,” said Stillwell. “Maple nut, my wife and I, that’s my favorite,” he added.

For Diane and Denny Sorenson, the excursion was an added bonus to an already memorable day.

“It’s a big day, we didn’t know it was going to be planned on our anniversary,” Diane smiled.

Saying it wouldn’t be right to celebrate 55 years of marriage any place else.

“It’s special we can be together at the warming house,” she added. 

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