Hy-Vee Simple Fix Employee Workshop

2017 Wellness Employee Simple Fix Workshop
Sign-up now to prepare 4 easy crockpot meals to take home. (Employees and/or spouses are invited).

The workshop is scheduled for May 30th at 6:30 in the Hy-Vee kitchen and will last approximately 1 hour. 

The City of Windom Wellness Program will sponsor the workshop and reduce the full participant fee of  $60 to only $20 per participant (just $5 per meal)!!!.

Hy-Vee shops for the groceries, cleans and chops all the ingredients, and provides the space, bowls and utensils.

At the workshop each participant puts together 4 recipes in a separate freezer bag that they can take home, put in the freezer and then thaw out and pop in the crockpot when they desire. Each meal includes a recipe, and cooking instructions.  The meals make anywhere from 4-8 servings. The purpose is to encourage cooking at home and becoming aware that it is cheaper to prepare meals than to eat out. The crockpot meals allow for convenience.

Simple Fix Recipes – May 3oth Workshop

Jamaican Jerk Chick Sliders with Pineapple Salsa

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Teriyaki Chicken

Pacific Pork

A participant count is needed to plan supplies.  Call City Hall or email Leesa(larndt@windom-mn.com) or Chelsie (ccarlson@windomnet.com) to sign-up for the workshop.  Participant fee of $20.00 will be paid to Hy-Vee at the workshop.

Substitutions can be made for food allergies.  Please notify Chelsie if any accommodations are needed.

Deadline for Signup is Monday May 22nd.  Sign-up Today!!

2017 Wellness Ideas

The Wellness Committee is planning programs for 2017 and we need your help!  Please submit wellness activities or screening ideas for 2017.  Ideas can submitted using the form on the City website or via email to any Wellness Committee member.

Wellness Idea Form






SWWC Coop Student Loan Program

To help you improve your student loan situation and overall financial well-being, our local service cooperative, SWWC, has partnered with IS Loan Solutions, a student loan advisory company.  They will educate you and provide options, including loan forgiveness and refinancing, that may help you lower, or even eliminate, your monthly student loan payment.


Click this link https://swsc.myisls.com/register , enter Registration Code:

SWWC1 and learn more about your options.


We encourage all employees with student loans to find out if this voluntary benefit can help you.

PERA Meeting Notice April 20, 2017



Jeannie Horning will be available at the Windom Library on March 8th from 1:00-4:00 PM.  If employees are interested in AFLAC benefits they can contact Jeannie directly to setup an appointment for March 8th.






Minnesota Benefit Association Scholarships

The MBA is dedicated to helping students pay for college

Since 1929, the Minnesota Benefit Association (MBA) has dedicated itself to providing benefits and services to Minnesota public employees and their families. One of the benefits that the MBA provides to members is its college scholarship program for post-secondary education.

Over 240 scholarships have been awarded. Since its inception, the MBA has awarded nearly a quarter million dollars in scholarship money.

One of the 2016 recipients had this to say about the MBA scholarship: “Thank you so much for supporting me on my journey to college! The Minnesota Benefit Association Scholarship award will help me immensely in pursuing my goal of becoming a dental hygienist. It means so much to me that you want to help young people like myself reach their goals. Again, thank you for your support. I greatly appreciate it!”

Exclusively for public employees, elected officials, retirees and their families


Learn to Live – “Stress Management 101” Webinar

Webinar Date and time: March 1st, 2017 at 12:00pm-1:00pm CST

Stress. It’s a part of everyone’s life. Learning how to identify and cope with stress can help us navigate those times of uncertainty. Is all stress bad? How do I recognize excessive stress? What tools are available that can help alleviate unnecessary stress?

To learn the answers to these questions and more, we invite you to participate in the “Stress Management 101” webinar hosted by Learn to Live’s Co-Founder and Chief Psychology Officer, Dr. Russ Morfitt. The webinar will take place on March 1st, 2017 at 12:00pm-1:00pm CST. (See details below.)

Click here to register for the webinar.


During this presentation, Dr. Russ will:

  1. Define stress and outline triggers
  2. Explain what it does to us
  3. Describe the warning signs of excess stress
  4. Discuss ways to help manage stress

If you’re unfamiliar, Learn to Live offers online mental health programs that address the needs of individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, or low mood. Their programs and resources are free to you and your family members (age 13 and over).

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to begin building stress resilience!


Chelsie Carlson

Learn to Live, Inc. is an independent company offering online cognitive behavioral therapy programs and services.