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21st Annual Poker Walk

August 8, 2016

82 people took part in this year's Poker Walk.

The walk course began and ended at the Hughes Shelter at the Chahinkapa Park. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Tama Larson won the bike with a full house -- kings over jacks.

Thank you to our partners: Dakota Magic Casino, Gate City Bank, NuSeed, Minn-Dak Farmer's Cooperative, Twin Town Gardeners' Market, Fryn' Pan, Wal Mart, and Wahpeton Parks and Rec.

Community Bike Ride

July 12, 2017

18 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton and enjoyed refreshments following the ride. Door prize winners include Kennedy Beto (bike bell); Thomas Covington and Kristi Nordick (bike lights); Justin Affield and George Bassingthwaite (bike locks); Carol Formaneck (seat bag); Linda Miller (frame bag). Congratulations, and thanks to all who attended!

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 3, 2017

49 walkers took part in this year's walk. Thanks to the Chahinkapa Zoo gift store for the door prize donations! Winners include Brooks Foss, Beckett Hasbargen, Jennifer Kusler, Neil Kusler, Mandy Nelson, Michelle Paetow, Kathy Radig, Jerrick Townsend, Gary Youngquist, Becky Wold, and Josiah Wood.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

September 29, 2016

49 walkers took part in this year's walk. 226 pounds of food and $104 were collected for the Richland/Wilkin Food Pantry.

"Guess the number" contests were held this year. Winners are Shelia Dolan (beans; guessed 2098, was 2159), Gary Youngquist (buttons; guessed 1210, was 1197), and Judy McDougall (pasta; guessed 273, was 272!).

Special thanks to all those that helped! Food served included chicken wild rice soup, chili, vegetable beef soup, wheat bread, beer bread, crackers, coffee, and water.

20th Annual Poker Walk

August 9, 2016

66 people took part in this year's Poker Walk.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Randy Hoerer won the grand prize with an aces over nines full house.

Community Bike Ride

July 12, 2016

22 riders took to the streets and trails of Breckenridge and enjoyed refreshments following the ride. Door prize winners include Kay Comeau, Maryann Johnson, and James Field (t-shirts and biking key chains); Rhondo Weinkauf (safety vest and biking light); Trenton Anderson (bike drink holder); Mattea Vig (bike horn); Courtney Allard (bike lock); David Hieserich and Kristi Nordick (biking light). Congratulations, and thanks to all who attended!

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 4, 2016

Over 30 walkers took part in this year's walk. Thanks to the Chahinkapa Zoo gift store for the door prize donations! Winners include Jada Realer, Mandy, Noah, and Issac Nelson, Justice Christian, Josiah and Levi Wood, Jerry Oren, and Randall Hoerer.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 6, 2015

42 walkers took part in an evening of exercise and music at the NDSCS Activities Center to fill the kettles and help raise $376 for the Salvation Army Thanks to all who participated and gave generously.

Prize baskets were given away throughout the night. Congratulations to fruit basket winners Rachel Kusler and Karen Kehrwald. Jerry Oren won the vegetable basket. Bread and jam basket winners were Jackie Zacher, Kristi Baumhardt, and Kjerstin Buboltz.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

September 29, 2015

74 walkers set out to explore the trail system of the south side of Wahpeton. 239 pounds of food and $70 were collected for the Richland/Wilkin Food Pantry.

Special thanks to all the sponsors! Food served included chicken wild rice soup, chili, vegetable beef soup, wheat bread, beer bread, flat bread, and artisan bread.

19th Annual Poker Walk

August 12, 2015

72 people took part in this year's Poker Walk.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. DeVy Johannessen won the grand prize with a 7-Jack straight.

Funds for Food

March 22, 2015

Over $200 was raised for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Wahpeton community garden plots: Pamela Facey, Suanne Goroski, Kristi Nordick and Jerry Oren.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 14, 2014

29 walkers took part in an evening of exercise and music at the NDSCS Activities Center to fill the kettles and help raise $377 for the Salvation Army Thanks to all who participated and gave generously.

Prize baskets were given away throughout the night. Congratulations to fruit basket winners Jeanne Osborn, Jerry Oren, and Rachel Kusler. Bread and jam basket winners were Helen Beyer, Diane Murr, and Pam Facey.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

September 30, 2014

63 walkers set out to explore the trail system of the south side of Wahpeton. 312 pounds of food and $20 were collected for the Richland/Wilkin Food Pantry.

27 door prizes were given away. Special thanks to all the sponsors, including Antionette's on the River and the Circle of Nations School. CNS also brought a number of students, two kinds of homemade soup, and bread.

18th Annual Poker Walk

August 12, 2014

175 people attended this year's poker walk.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Lynette Still won the grand prize with four jacks. Thanks to Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Wahpeton DQ Grill & Chill, Wells Fargo Bank, Gate City Bank, Walmart, Kristi Nordick, NuSeed, Twin Town Gardener's Market, and Sandberg Law Office for door prizes. Playing cards for the event were provided by Dakota Magic Casino.

Community Bike Ride

July 16, 2014

Over 40 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton and enjoyed refreshments following the ride. Door prize winners were Amanda Zacher, Gary Youngquist, Mike Radig, Callie DeVine, Gary Hasbargen, Shaylea Hasbargen, Natalie Gille, Carson Hought, Mason Ronnan, Mattea Vig, Debbie Burhans, and Roz Beltz. Congratulations, and thanks to all who attended!

The Wahpeton bike trails, and others, are listed on our Resources page.

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 7, 2014

27 walkers took part in this year's walk. Thanks to the Chahinkapa Zoo gift store for the door prize donations! Winners include Diane Murr, Tyler Lancaster, Mya Bischoff, Danyell Mund, Lynda Wahl, Katie Skelton, and Kristy Beto.

Cancer Survivors' Supper

May 4, 2014

SVHW members Janet Gagelin, Simone Sandberg, Evie Fox, MaryAnn Conrad, Judy Oren, & Sari Smedberg helped out at the Cancer Survivors' Supper as "celebrity waiters."

Funds for Food

March 9, 2014

43 walkers raised $347 (plus six additional cans of food) for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. We'd like to offer a special "thank you" to our sponsors and partners -- Gate City Bank, NuSeed, Giant Seeds, Farmer's Union Insurance, and Wilkin County Public Health.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 15, 2013

20 walkers took part in an evening of exercise and music at the Wahpeton Community Center to fill the kettles and help raise $267 for the Salvation Army Thanks to all who participated and gave generously.

Prize baskets were given away throughout the night. Congratulations to winners Rachel Kusler, Cindy Wegener, Helen Beyer, Gale Link, Carol Lee and Steve Diederick.

Community Health Fair

October 27, 2013

Southern Valley Health Watch participated in the Community Health Fair, which was held at the Wahpeton Community Center on October 27.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

September 30, 2013

A record 94 participants took part in our Mystery Soup Walk event, including 14 students from the Circle of Nations School.

Door prize winners were Elaine Klocke, Renee Fedderson, Neil Kusler, Shayleen Hasbargen, Kyle DeVries, Linda Miller, and Stacy Lassier.

$123 in cash and 230 pounds of food were collected for the Richland Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry. Thank to you all that attended and donated.

Headwaters Day Historic Walk

September 14, 2013

13 walkers followed the 2-mile route and visited a number of historic sites throughout Breckenridge.

17th Annual Poker Walk

August 15, 2013

Over 110 people attended this year's poker walk.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Melissa Klose won the grand prize bike with a 5-9 straight. Second and third places were three jacks and a pair of aces.

Wahpeton Evening Bike Ride

July 17, 2013

45 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton and enjoyed refreshments following the ride. Door prize winners were Shannon Privatsky, Zach Britten, Dave Anderson, Katie Deplazes, Brian Johnson, Grace Nicholson, and Courtney Allard. Congratulations, and thanks to all who attended!

The Wahpeton bike trails, and others, are listed on our Resources page.

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 1, 2013

25 walkers braved the cold and rainy weather to take part in the annual Wildlife Walk. Thanks to the Chahinkapa Zoo gift store for the door prize donations!

Funds for Food

March 10, 2013

24 walkers raised over $320 (plus an additional bag of food) for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. We'd like to offer a special "thank you" to NDSCS, Giant Seeds, and Seeds 2000.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 16, 2012

42 runners and walkers took part in an evening of exercise and music at the Blikre Activities Center to fill the kettles and help raise nearly $575 for the Salvation Army. This was the second-highest amount ever raised, and we thank all who participated and gave so generously.

Prize baskets were given away throughout the night. Congratulations to winners Steve Diederick, Rachel Kercher, Sarah Smith, Neil Kusler, Karen Kehrwald, and Jackie Zacher.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

October 4, 2012

13 walkers braved the wind and the cold and were rewarded with warm soup and bread for their efforts.

Baked potato bags were given away as door prizes and were won by Dean Busta, Jerry Oren, Linda Miller, and Midge Tschakert.

$72 in cash and 99 pounds of food were collected for the Richland Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry.

16th Annual Poker Walk

August 14, 2012

Over 100 people attended this year's poker walk.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Suzanne Baker of Moorhead won the grand prize bike with three 10s, while Jennifer Wanek of Fargo took second with three 9s.

Wahpeton Evening Bike Ride

July 18, 2012

33 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton and enjoyed refreshments following the ride. Safety vests were given away as door prizes to the lucky winners.

The Wahpeton bike trails, and others, are listed on our Resources page.

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 2, 2012

66 participants turned out for the Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk. Thanks to GIANT Seeds for their donation of sunflower seeds, and to Chahinkapa Zoo for their door prize donations.

Other door prize winners included Kaitlyn Utke and Noah Nelson; Donnie McKenzie, Diane Murr, Tyler Lancaster, and Laurie Stephens; and Kathy Johnson and Lynda Wahl.

Interested in doing the course yourself? Download and print a copy of the map and bring it with you on your next walk.

Yellow Rose Award

April 4, 2012

SVHW member Janet Gagelin was given the "Yellow Rose Award" from the Breckenridge-Wahpeton chapter of Zonta International. In addition to her work with SVHW, Janet is an active volunteer in several other organizations and serves as the secretary of the Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery Board.

Funds for Food

March 18, 2012

25 walkers raised over $330 for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. The funds will be matched at a 50% or greater level thanks to a grant from Hunger Solutions Minnesota. All attendees at this event were also counted in our 2012 "Good Attendance Giveaway" program and are on their way to earning a free SVHW t-shirt (five events) and an SVHW sweatshirt (all eight events).

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 18, 2011

31 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening of exercise and music at the Blikre Activities Center to fill the kettles and help raise over $300 for the Salvation Army.

Fruit baskets, bread and jelly baskets, and dishrag baskets (courtesy of Aileen Profir, Leanne Conzemius and Jean Hoerer) were given away as door prizes throughout the night. Congratulations to winners Brittany Beyer, Matt Link, Christopher Weber, Stacy Owen, Don Young, and Joncy Mastel.

Wahpeton Soup Walk

October 4, 2011

31 walkers toured the south side of Wahpeton and its new trail system. Following the walk, participants returned to the Wahpeton Community Center to enjoy a supper of homemade chilli, chicken wild rice soup, and vegetarian vegetable soup and homemade bread, courtesy of the Wahpeton Bread Lady.

Cookbooks from area churches were given away. Winners were Gary Fox, Joan Beyer, Lily Beyer, Barb Buck, and Don Resler. Linda Miller won the baked potato bag.

$52 in cash and 87 pounds of food were collected for the Richland Wilkin Emergency Food Pantry.

Headwaters Day Historic Walk

September 10, 2011

37 walkers followed the 2-mile route and visited 16 historic sites throughout Breckenridge.

The map and guidebook are available for download.

15th Annual Poker Walk

August 9, 2011

This year's poker walk was well-attended, with 120 participants. Renee Fedderson of Breckenridge was the winner of the bike with a queens over jacks full house.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations.

39 door prizes were awarded after the event as well. Thank you to all who donated them.

Wahpeton Evening Bike Ride

July 13, 2011

33 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton. These trails, and others, are listed on our Resources page.

Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk

June 4, 2011

33 participants turned out for the Chahinkapa Zoo Wildlife Walk. Interested in doing the course yourself? Download and print a copy of the map and bring it with you on your next walk.

Breckenridge Evening Bike Ride

May 18, 2011

Following the kids' bike rodeo and free helmet giveaway, courtesy of Fergus Falls resident Mike Heikes, several bicyclists took to the streets and trails for a pleasant ride out to the Enloe Bridge and park at Lake Breckenridge. Want to make the trip yourself? See our Resources page for a map of this, and other walking and biking trails in the Twin Towns.

United Way Agency Expo

March 10, 2011

The United Way of Richland-Wilkin held its first agency expo at the newly remodeled Dakota Avenue Art Gallery. SVHW members Judy Oren and Janet Gagelin attended and presented information about the group and its initiatives.

Funds for Food

March 6, 2011

27 walkers raised over $700 for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. The funds will be matched at a 50% or greater level thanks to a grant from Hunger Solutions Minnesota. We wish to extend a big thank-you to Vickie Schafer and State Bank and Trust. Vickie used her employer-provided "Pay It Forward" money to donate $500 to the Food Pantry.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 5, 2010

52 runners and walkers enjoyed an evening of exercise and music at the Blikre Activities Center to fill the kettles and help raise nearly $400 for the Salvation Army.

Fruit baskets and bread and jelly baskets (courtesy of Aileen Profir and Leanne Conzemius) were given away as door prizes throughout the night. Congratulations to winners Lauryn Hibl, Ann Trebesch, Sydney Baumhardt, Marilyn Anderson, Heather Weber, and Kristi Maas.

Following the walk, names were drawn for the "Attend and Win" prizes, which were $25, $50, and $100 Wahpeton/Breckenridge Chamber Bucks certificates. Steve Hoggarth of Breckenridge, Jeanette Plummer of Wahpeton, and Don Young of Breckenridge were this year's winners.

Historic Wahpeton Soup Walk

October 7, 2010

35 walkers took to the streets of Wahpeton for a 2-mile self-guided tour of the historic businesses, homes, and sites of the city. A free soup dinner was provided afterwards. $112 and 100 pounds of food were collected for the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry.

The map of the route is available for download.

Headwaters Day Historic Walk

September 11, 2010

28 walkers followed the 2-mile route and visited 16 historic sites throughout Breckenridge.

The map and guidebook are available for download.

14th Annual Poker Walk

August 10, 2010

Despite the intermittent rain, 67 walkers took part in the 14th annual Poker Walk. Midge Tschakert won the grand prize, a 21-speed mountain bike, with a full house.

The 3.1 mile course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations.

Participants donated food to the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry in lieu of a registration fee.

Wahpeton Evening Bike Ride

July 14, 2010

29 riders explored the south side of Wahpeton, its new trail system, and learned about the history of the circus monument at Riverside Cemetery. This trail, and others, are listed on our Resources page.

Breckenridge Evening Bike Ride

May 19, 2010

29 bicyclists took to the streets and trails for a pleasant ride out to the Enloe Bridge and park at Lake Breckenridge. Want to make the trip yourself? See our Resources page for a map of this, and other walking and biking trails in the Twin Towns.

Funds for Food

February 21, 2010

26 runners and walkers raised over $225 for the Richland-Wilkin Food Pantry. The funds will be matched at a 50% or greater level thanks to a grant from Hunger Solutions Minnesota. All participants received a free gift bag and an entry in the year-end grand prize drawing for Wahpeton-Breckenridge Chamber Bucks.

Kash & Koins for the Kettle

December 13, 2009

53 runners and walkers took to the track at the Blikre Activities Center to help raise money for the Salvation Army. Wahpeton (40 participants) bested Breckenridge (13) for the city challenge, by a population-adjusted margin of 4-3. Just wait 'til next year!

Journey Stories Soup Walk

October 8, 2009

Nearly 30 walkers joined tour guides Janet Gagelin and Judy Oren on a 2-mile route that highlighted Wahpeton's late 19th and early 20th century settlers and businesses.

The map of the route is available for download.

Headwaters Day Historic Walk

September 12, 2009

On a beautiful Saturday morning, over 30 participants took a 2-mile walk through Breckenridge and visited 11 historically significant sites throughout the city.

The map of the route is available for download.

13th Annual Poker Walk

August 11, 2009

Carlton Moldenhauer of Wahpeton was the winner of the bicycle at the 13th annual Southern Valley Health Watch Poker Walk held August 11. A total of 72 participants walked a 3.1 mile course through Wahpeton and Breckenridge.

The course began and ended at the Nature Center at the Chahinkapa Park zoo. Each walker received a playing card at each of 5 different stations. Moldenhauer's winning hand was a full house.

Wednesday Evening Bike Ride

July 15, 2009

Over 30 riders took to the streets and trails of Wahpeton for a 4-mile group ride. Frozen refreshments were served following the ride.