2020 Giving Tree – WAH

See information below regarding The Giving Tree program lead by WAH.  The goal for 2020 is to reach 100 children! Please let Chelsie know if you, your department, or a group of employees would like to sponsor a child for Christmas this year.  Chelsie will coordinate with WAH for list distribution and gift pickup.

Please notify Chelsie.Carlson@windommn.com by Monday October 26th if you would like to participate.



2021 Flexible Spending Account Forms

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT – Please complete the attached form if you would like to contribute to a FLEX account for Medical or Dependent Care in 2021.

Please review the attached form and submit to Denise Nichols by November 13, 2020.

Flexible Spending Account Enrollment Form – The form must be completed if you would like to contribute to a flex account for Medical or Dependent care expenses.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Your entire election amount is available to you at the start of the plan year, even if you haven’t contributed funds from your paycheck yet. This means that if you have medical expenses early on, you can use your funds in advance to pay for them.
  • Any unused funds over $550 in your account at the end of the plan year will be forfeited.
  • You cannot change your election amount throughout the year, unless there has been a qualifying life event.

2020 Wellness – MMBA Food Drive – October

13th Annual MMBA Food Drive Promotes Community Value

In an effort to help members Promote the Community Value of their Municipal Liquor Operation, MMBA, in a new partnership with Miller Lite is coordinating the Thirteenth Annual Municipal Liquor Food Drive benefiting your local food shelf.


The individual facility in each category with the highest weight donated will earn a $1,000 donation to their local food shelf from Miller Lite and MMBA.
In addition: Through a random drawing, ten $100 donations will be made to food shelves of participating facilities, other than the category winners. So, everyone has a chance to win!

The food drive will run from October 1 – October 31, 2020.

Riverbend Liquor will collect dry food, can goods & cash for donation for the local food shelf.

NOTE: Each $1 in cash donations will be counted
as 3 pounds of food.

2020 Food Drive MMBA



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Sky Blue Yoga – Final Session Moved to NEXT Tuesday

YOGA for tonight moved to next Tuesday September 15th due to weather.  This will be the final session!

Unwind from your busy day with Yoga! 

All City employees plus family are invited to 3 weekly Yoga sessions lead by Sky Blue Yoga starting Tuesday, August 18th.  This will be a FREE mixed level class suitable for all!   It will be super mellow and relaxing after a busy day. 

The sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm at Cottonwood County Lake.  Mark it on your calendar!! 

Bring your own exercise mat!!

August 11th 6-7PM
August 18th 6-7PM
August 25th 6-7PM
September 1st – 6-7PM
September 8th – 6-7PM

NOTE: Participating in any of these will count toward earning 2020 Wellness Incentive

Top Health Benefits of Yoga

You’ve probably heard by now that yoga is good for you. Maybe you’ve even tried it and discovered that it makes you feel better. A consistent practice offers all kinds of mental and physical health benefits. Some, like improved flexibility, are clearly evident. Others, including mental clarity and stress reduction, may be more subtle but are just as powerful. When put together, all the benefits below contribute to an increased feeling of well-being, which helps explain why so many people find yoga so addictive.


1. Improves Flexibility 

Moving and stretching in new ways will help you become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to tight areas. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips. As we age, our flexibility usually decreases, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting, which leads to pain and immobility. Yoga can help reverse this process.


2. Builds Strength

Many yoga poses require you to bear your body weight in new ways, including balancing on one leg (as in tree pose) or supporting yourself with your arms (as in downward facing dog). Holding these poses over the course of several breaths helps build muscular strength.


3. Increases Muscle Tone and Definition

As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles in your legs, arms, back, and abdomen.


4. Improves Balance

Improved balance is one of the most important benefits of yoga as you get older. Poses where you stand on one leg and, for more advanced students, inversions, are great ways to build the core strength that keeps you upright.


5. Supports Joint Health

The movements necessary for yoga are low impact, allowing you to use your joints without injuring them. Yoga also helps strengthen the muscles around the joints, lessening their load. People with arthritis often see marked improvement in their pain and mobility with regular gentle yoga practice.


6. Prevents Back Pain

Increased flexibility and strength can help prevent the causes of some types of back pain. Many people who have back pain spend a lot of time sitting at a computer or driving a car, which causes tightness throughout the body and spinal compression. Yoga counteracts these conditions.


7. Teaches Better Breathing

Most of us take shallow breaths and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called pranayama, focus our attention on breathing and teach us how to take deeper breaths, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages (helpful for people with allergies) and even calm the nervous system, which has physical and mental benefits on and off the mat.


8. Fosters Mental Calmness

Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to your mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as how to focus on your breath and disengage from your thoughts. These skills can prove to be very valuable in intense situations off the mat, like childbirth, a bout of insomnia, or when having an anxiety attack.


9. Reduces Stress

Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping to put your problems into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the present moment can also help as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.


10. Increases Self Confidence

Doing yoga improves your mind-body connection, giving you a better awareness of your own body. During yoga, you learn to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment, putting you in better touch with your physical being. You also learn to accept your body as it is without judgment. Over time, this leads to feeling more comfortable in your own body, boosting your self-confidence.

MSRS Meetings – Deferred Compensation

Even though MSRS is not meeting face-to-face until at least January, I have set aside two days for individual phone or Zoom meetings. You are invited to register for a 20-minute phone or Zoom meeting with me on either Friday, September 18, or Thursday, September 24. If these dates do not fit your schedule, contact me for an appointment that works for you.


Feel free to register whether you want to review your MSRS account(s) or just learn about the Minnesota Deferred Compensation Plan (MNDCP) or Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP). Even if you’re the employer, and you want to know more, we can talk!


Registration link for Friday, September 18 – https://account.msrs.state.mn.us/msrs/public/session/schedule_appointment/4073


Registration link for Thursday, September 24 – https://account.msrs.state.mn.us/msrs/public/session/schedule_appointment/4074


The attached flyer also contains the registration links. I look forward to “meeting” all of you!! I hope you are all well!



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