NEW ULM - Dreams came true Thursday for several Orchard Hill assisted living residents.
Ruth Kutz' wish was to have her photograph taken with a horse at a stable.
The next best thing took place when Kutz ventured out the Orchard Hills front door to find a horse and photographer waiting for her.
Kutz requested that someone fetch her cowboy hat from her room, and once that essential headgear was placed on her head, the photo session began.
Media turned out in force to record the fulfilled wishes, and cameras clicked at Kutz posed with the horse. The animal cooperated by leaning towards the lenses.
Marge Halvorson wanted an airplane ride, even though flights are not new to her.
Staff photos by Steve Muscatello
Ruth Kutz has her photograph taken with a horse that was brought to Orchard Hills by Lori Kral for the ‘Dreams Come True’ program Thursday in New Ulm.
She'll fly for a half an hour thanks to New Ulm Flight Service.
"And you'll be able to fly the plane," KNUJ Radio broadcaster Brian Filzen teased as he announced the fulfillment of her dream
"Just don't tell any friends you might bring along that you're going to fly it, until they're in the plane with you," Filzen said..
"I better put my other glasses on," Halvorson responded..
Halvorson and her husband Bob, who lives at Oak Hills Living Center, flew many times to far away places in their younger years.
"I'm not sure if he'll be able to go up in the air with me this time," she said.
Freida Nolte donned a white fur coat donated by Treasure Haus.
"I feel flattered," Nolte said.
"I'll need it later (this winter). Won't I?" she added.
Henry Nupson and Sylvia Koehler gratefully accepted flowers to place their spouses' graves from Edelweiss.
Dennis Traurig said he was looking forward to using four $25 gift certificates to share a meal out at the Kaiserhoff with friends.
Don Schoneman always wanted to ride a train with his wife.
He won't be able to share the adventure with his wife because she has passed away; however, he'll ride a train with his daughter from Big Lake to the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, then back to Big Lake.
Melvin Dewanz said he wanted to dance the Tango with Orchard Hill Activity Director Janice Kurth.
Kurth twirled under his arm briefly before Dewanz received four Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar gift certificates.
Elsie Portner was pleased with her wish - a three-wheel bicycle from the Nicollet South Bike Shop.
Another resident's wish to travel to Flandrau, S.D. to visit where he was born, baptized and married will be granted by her family.
Kurth said the "Dreams Come True" project came to her attention a couple months ago.
"I learned that it was very popular at other assisted-living establishments, so I decided to try it.''
Kurth said Resident Services Director Yvonne Schell gave her lots of ideas.
"I can't believe all the businesses and other people that gave of their hearts for this," Kurth said.
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