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The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Leiningers Live Healthy In Golden Years

Becoming a Golden Member at the Orthman Community YMCA came just in time for Mitze Leininger of Lexington.

Mitze celebrated her 80th birthday December 17, just as she was finishing her stay at Brookdale assisted living to recuperate from back surgery. Her doctor told her to walk a mile each day to help in her healing, and Mitze listened.

With the cold, icy weather outside, she was glad to have the Y indoor walking track to help her reach her goal.

“I think we are very blessed to have a place like this where you can walk inside safely and the temperate is good,” Mitze said.

YMCA Helps Ide Enjoy Retirement
Bob Ide & Steph Monthey

After retiring from his long-time position as a county judge in 2015, Bob Ide wanted to enjoy his new freedom playing football with his young grandchildren and hunting and fishing.
“I’d like to go to Alaska and fish halibut or salmon,” he said. “I like to go out and shoot a bull elk.”
But, he realized after a trek in the wilderness on a deer hunting trip that he needed to stay healthy to enjoy his retirement. A Y personal trainer helped Ide gain muscle and lose nearly 40 pounds during the past year.

Brown Survives Heart Scare
Jim Brown

On May 29, 3013, Jim Brown felt a stabbing pain in his chest.
“I woke up in the middle of the night, and I thought I had heart burn,” he said.
He made a doctor’s appointment a few days later. His EKG heart test checked out normal, but he failed a stress test and was referred to a cardiologist.

Age No Barrier for Lexington Runners
Marti Smith and Sue Kloch

As Marty Smith approaches her 68th birthday this summer, she’s not looking for a rocking chair.
Instead, she’s planning to roll in the mud and crawl through culverts in the Dawson County “Cowpoke” Mud Run and continue her morning group exercise classes with the twenty and thirty-something crowd at the Orthman Community YMCA.

White Builds Community
Micki White

When Micki White started working at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA a year ago, it was just going to be for a few hours a week.
That part-time job turned into a full-time job this past month as she accepted more duties supervising the front desk staff and teaching many new Y classes, including youth and adult photography, cooking camp and now Creative and Crafty Adults.