Valentine meal for couples at Park River

A Valentine’s Day sweetheart dinner for married couples is an annual tradition at Park River Estates Care Center, Coon Rapids.

Park River Estates Care Center residents Harry and Eunice Schoen have been married 71 years.

Park River Estates Care Center residents Harry and Eunice Schoen have been married 71 years.

This year 11 couples and 22 people sat down to dinner of rib eye steak, twice baked potatoes, carrot coins, dinner roll and red velvet cake Feb. 14.

The rib eye steaks were grilled that morning by Park River Estates Care Center Administrator Tom Pollock.

According to Vicki Petersen, activities director, the number of couples varies each year; in 2012, there were 19 couples and 38 people.

Husband and wife don’t both have to be residents of Park River to be treated to the sweetheart dinner, only one of them.

But one couple this year are both residents of Park River – Harry and Eunice Schoen, who have been married 71 years.

Entertainment during the dinner was provided by singer David Allen.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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