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Linder family gives $100K to Kandiyohi County, Minn., YMCA campaign

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA’s $3 million capital campaign to expand its facilities has received a $100,000 contribution from Lakeland Broadcasting of Willmar and the Linder family.

“My family and I support the YMCA because of its mission, its ability to serve all ages, especially the seniors and because it welcomes a diverse population,’’ said longtime YMCA supporter Bill Linder. “We are proud to support the YMCA capital campaign and hope our contribution will encourage others to give.’’

The YMCA is conducting a capital campaign to expand and serve more people. The 10-year-old facility was designed to accommodate 3,000 members and today there are more than 5,800. A new multi-purpose gymnasium, expanded wellness center, specialized fitness room, and a large wellness studio are all within the plans to provide new and innovative programs and services to the senior population, youth and families.

A typical day finds many seniors waiting at the front door when the Y opens at 5:15 a.m. Lap swimming, walking on the track and strength training are popular in the early hours. During the day, many seniors attend zumba gold, water aerobics, and muscular strength and range of motion classes.

Today, youth, families, adults and a large percentage of seniors are members. The Silver Sneakers Program is an example of how the YMCA provides to those 65 and older. Participants have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of motion, and activity for daily life skills.

The aging of Minnesota citizens is real. By 2030, according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of every four Minnesotans will be over the age of 65.

“It is essential for us if we are to continue to have a high quality of life in Kandiyohi County that we are prepared to meet and provide for our aging population,” said Theresa Wittenberg, YMCA executive director.

All of these assist in providing new and innovative programs and services to the senior population as well as the youth and families.

“We are contributing to the YMCA  mission of supporting Christian values and providing programs to build healthy lifestyles for our entire community,’’ said campaign volunteer Steve Linder.