Snow is still coming down but the people at Dodge Refreshed are already planning for spring and summer events.
Dodge Refreshed is a citizen driven group that was formed to help Dodge County residents grow in health and wellness by promoting awareness, improving access to resources and building strong connections, said Kristin Cerda, chair of the Dodge Refreshed group and an employee of the Dodge County Public Health.
Last fall the group received a Small Town Grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund and is using the funds to develop several community events this year including a Farm to Table community dinner scheduled for June, Cerda said.
Planning is currently under way for the event, which is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Coop’s Event Barn in Dodge Center, she said. The meal will feature locally sourced products, she said, and Omar’s Kitchen will be using preparing the meal. Monte’s in Hayfield will be supplying the beverages, she said. Dodge Refreshed hopes the meal will help support and promote local farmers and businesses.
The organization is still looking for additional local partners, Cerda said.
The group will be selling tickets to the event beginning at the Dodge County Expo in late March. The $65 ticket will include appetizers, salad, main course, dinner rolls, dessert and a
glass of wine from a local wintery or beer from a local microbrewery.
Nonalcoholic beverage ill also be available.
A portion of the profits, Cerda said, will go to the North Park project in Dodge County.
The dinner is one of three the group is planning for 2019.
On July 20, she said, the plan is for a Community Bicycle Ride which will begin and end in the Kasson- Mantorville Community Ed
parking lot. This event is free, she said.
Come fall and Dodge Refreshed is planning a Haunted Hustle 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk as part of the Mantorville Fall Festival. Proceeds from this event will help provide Kasson-Mantorville and Head Start early childhood education scholarships.
All interested persons are welcome to become involved with Dodge Refreshed.
The committee includes individuals from Public Health, Sheriff’s Office, Drug Court, city staffs, people from the Extension Office and county schools and interested citizens.
Anyone interested in the organization can contact Cerda at Dodge County Public Health, 507-635-6150 or Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org.