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AUSTIN EDITION - COL Get a workout with your fellow seniors

Happy 2005 to one and all.

Many of us make New Year's resolutions. My youngest daughter suggested strongly that she is going to be my personal trainer and get me into tip-top shape. She wants her mom around for a long time.

Speaking of getting in shape, the center has exercise equipment for our members. It is down the hall from the receptionist desk. If the door is not open, the receptionist will open it for you. We are also looking into starting an exercise time for light aerobics maybe one or two days per week. Anyone willing to direct a class, please call me, and we can work out a schedule.

Jan. 11 is our next Hormel Retirees Breakfast. Gordy will use his flipping talents for the "Best Pancakes in Town," with syrup, sausages, applesauce, orange juice and coffee. The tickets are $4 in advance. 

; The senior center and Community Education are collaborating on a new adventure. On Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a discussion of current topics. We have invited the mayor, the city administrator and city council members to an informal gathering to visit with seniors and have coffee and cookies. This is an opportunity for seniors to let city officials know how important the center is to you and for us to show off our facility. Hope to see you there.

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Semcac Senior Dining serves lunch (open to the general public) at 11:30 a.m. until noon each day for a suggested donation of $2.75 for those 60 and older. The cost for those younger than 60 is $4.50. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 433-3120 and leaving a message. Come in and enjoy a meal and the good company of friends. Now let's see what is on the menu for this next week:

Monday, baked cod or kielbasa; Tuesday, beef and rice casserole; Wednesday, beef roast; Thursday, breaded pork pattie; Friday, baked chicken.

Anyone who wants to play cards at the senior center is invited to come twice as a guest; to continue, card players need to be members. The winning scores for last week's card tournaments: 

; Friday Cribbage: Center closed.

Pinochle: Mildred Ballantyne, David Solomonson.

Weekly Whist: First place, Jaynard Johnson; second place, Clifton Vick; third place, Don Bailey and Mildred James (tie); door prize, Mildred Ballantyne.

Friday Bridge: Center closed.

Monday Bridge: First place, Jean Schupp; second place, Gail Schmidt; third place, Ray Schmidt; door prize, Dorothy Schloo.

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Weekly 500: No scores.

Weekly Cribbage: First place, Lottie Seira; second place, Don Bailey; third place, Lorraine Low; door prize, Dorothy Schloo.

Tues Nite 500: First place, Lois Anderson; second place, Dorothy Stern; third place, Ethel Hoffman; fourth place, Dave Solomonson.

Tues Nite Bridge: First place, Larry Crowe; second place, Arnold Smith-Jones; third place, John Allen.

Paulette Anderson is director of the Mower County Senior Center.

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