Central Minnesota Watercolorists

Central Minnesota Watercolorists

Central Minnesota Watercolorists Our mission is to provide opportunities and service to our area artists and members, to provide creative environments for all CMW members, and to encourage and strive toward creative excellence in all water mediums. History The first meeting of the group was held on January 19, 1981. Since that time, our organization has grown and offers several … Read More

Meet Rena of Shepherd of Grace

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Meet Rena of Shepherd of Grace Rena was born on October 8, 1932 and she lived in the Wadena area. Her parents were farmers and she has one brother, John, who now lives in Hutchinson. He was also a teacher but has now retired. Growing up on the farm meant a lot of chores and helping around the house. Other … Read More

Batik Artist Colleen Swenson


Colleen Swenson, Batik Artist Swenson.colleen@gmail.com About the Batik Artist and the process Watercolor was my introduction to the art world. When wintering in Florida, I took a watercolor class. The craft room was full of beautiful silk pieces. “Could I do this?” That began my journey with Batik Art. My instructor was Shalini Tandon. She is from India and I … Read More

Meet Gaylen of Good Shepherd

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Meet Gaylen of Good Shepherd. Gaylen was born March 7, 1948 and grew up in Ronneby and Foley on a 40-acre hobby farm. His dad worked at Franklin Management Company and later Electrolux. His mom was a housekeeper and worked at Good Shepherd for about 8 years when it first opened in 1963. He had three siblings, two brothers and … Read More

Student Testimonials About Staff


The Good Shepherd Community is proud to share some student testimonials about our staff! We have a variety of students including, CNA, LPN, RN, who take advantage of our clinical experience opportunities. The experience offers many skills, including activities of daily living (ADL), passing medications, learning communication skills and appropriately interacting with the elderly. Here’s what they have to say about … Read More

Meet Vera of Good Shepherd

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Meet Vera of Good Shepherd Vera was raised on a farm in St. Cloud where she was the oldest of six brothers and two sisters. She was born May 14, 1923, to Gordon & Cecelia Utz. Her father and mother worked the farm until her brothers could help out, then her father also transported livestock. Vera helped out by feeding … Read More

Meet Marlene of Good Shepherd

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Meet Marlene of Good Shepherd   Marlene had a very interesting beginning to life. She and her twin sister, Marie, were born May 10, 1941 in her grandmother’s bed on the family farm. She mentioned there were no hospitals in the area and that’s how things were done at that time. Her father was a barber. Her mother did laundry … Read More

New Photography Show at the Canal Street Art Gallery

Meet Sonja Riemenschneider

Sonja Riemenschneider Lightbound Photography   About the Artist:   PhD chemical engineer, traveler, and photographer, Sonja Riemenschneider is exploring remote corners of the world, from the reflective wilderness of the Boundary Waters in her home state of Minnesota to the dizzying peaks of the Andes on the trails of South America. Travel has fueled her passion for photography and she … Read More

Meet Marcella


Meet Marcella   Exercise has always been a part of Marcella’s life and when you look at her you can definitely tell. She is a beautiful lady who is fit, trim and always looks great!   Marcella was born and raised in Strasburg, North Dakota. She decided to attend college prep school in Duluth at St. Scholastica. Two of her … Read More

Meet Bea

Meet Bea

Meet Bea   Bea was born to Herbert & Florence Brick on May 3, 1929. She’s proud to say she was raised a city girl in Minneapolis. Her father worked as an Auto Mechanic while her mother worked in the home and held some odd jobs. Being the youngest of eight, 4 sisters and 3 brothers, Bea freely admits to … Read More