2018 We Walk 4 Life – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event

July 18th, 2018

The 2nd Annual We Walk 4 Life, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Event will be Sunday, September 16th at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The event will take place from 12pm – 4pm with gates opening and activities starting at 11am. Activities include an opening program, lap walk/run (not timed) starting at 1pm, balloon release, music by Chopper The World’s Nuttiest DJ, kids activities, silent auction, reflection path, beverages, and food. Registration is $15 and all activities, food and beverages are free of charge with paid registration.

Pre-Registration is required. To register online visit or email

Register by August 13th to receive a free tote bag!

Farmers’ Market Attendant Position Opening

April 28th, 2015

The Hutchinson Downtown Association (HDA), a 501c6 non-profit, works to promote and enhance Hutchinson’s historic downtown commercial district.

The Hutchinson Farmers’ Market is a program of the HDA, and as such, the Attendant position will support market operations and other related HDA activities. In addition to market operations, the position will also assist with marketing efforts and the administration of the EBT and Market Bucks program. The position is seasonal and runs from May 13th – October 31st, 2015.

The attached document includes the position description, requirements, and application process.

2015 Market Attendant

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities is making a difference!

June 25th, 2014

The Healthy Communities Collaborative has been working for the past 4 1/2 years to help create good health where residents, live, work, learn and play.

Through SHIP funding, we are working on making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice! See the You Tube Video below.

Below are report summaries divided out by sectors – Worksites, Schools, Community, and Health Care. We are proud of our partners and our staff assigned to work on these initiatives though Statewide Health Improvement Program funding through the Minnesota Department of Health.

The work we are doing through SHIP improves health and saves money by building stronger communities. Our local communities chose SHIP strategies that are best for them. The result? Real, community-led improvements in healthy eating, physical activity and reduced commercial tobacco use.

MMS Progress Report Summary 2013

Communities 2013 Report

Health Care 2013 Report

Schools 2013 Report

Work Sites 2013 Report


Be inspired by a Communtiy becoming connected and getting fit together!

August 27th, 2012

Hutchinson Community Running Group is an inspiring group!   This user based group started with a run on National Running Day around June 6th with a few people in Hutchinson getting together for an evening run.  Since then, they have met every Wednesday with the hope of encouraging others to run with them.  They used the tag #1of100 for their goal of getting 100 runners.  Their goal was achieved last Wednesday- August 22nd with over 100 community runners showing up to join their weekly social fun run.  What a  great example of a group of people teaming up in their community to promote wellness and outreach!


August 8th, 2012


From salsa to spaghetti sauce, from spicy tomato juice to tomato jam, home preserved tomatoes are versatile and tasty!  Learn the safest and most current tomato preservation methods for canning, freezing, drying, and making salsa.

Join us for Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa on Tuesday, August 14 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and repeated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Litchfield Senior High School in Room C110 (FACS Room).

Presenter will be Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety.

This class is sponsored by “One Vegetable, One Community” and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  Attendance  is free, although pre-registration is requested by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320.693.5370.

Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving tomatoes for years, this session is for you!