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Lake Winona Manor Parade draws a crowd

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WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- More than 120 of the Lake Winona Manor's residents, nursing staff and residents of other area nursing homes came to celebrate the start of summer with an annual parade.

Police from Winona and Goodview led the festivities along with grand marshal, Sen. Jeremy Miller.  Winona mayor Mark Peterson, the local Clown Club, fire department and local youth groups also made appearances.  According to Lake Winona Manor, the parade was started to improve the quality of life at the nursing home.

"I think they love to feel included and still part of the Winona Community that they've grown up in and served," said Jennifer Schultz, therapeutic recreation supervisor.

Lake Winona's own royal couple made it to the parade.

"It's great," said Roman Walch, the king of Lake Winona Manor.  "It's a great organization here at the Manor and I enjoy it very much."

With his queen Virginia Milton by his side, Walch and Milton waved on to their loyal subjects.
But the royal couple weren't the only residents to get a seat of honor in the parade.  Pearl Morton represented her neighbors in the parade and got to ride in a special bicycle.

"I'm 91-years-old and I've never ridden in a bicycle until today," Morton said.  "I mean, I was just a passenger but it was fun."

What started out as a way to include residents in some summer fun, has accomplished just that for another year.

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