Highway Cleanup

Approximately twenty Rochester Hy-Vee employees participated in a highway clean-up on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 

This event was part of the Olmsted County Adopt-a-Highway

 program.  Just last year, Hy-Vee adopted a two-mile stretch along County Road 22, also known as West Circle Drive.  This commitment req

uires at least two clean-up events per year for a minimum of two years, with one event in the spring and the second in late fall.

Hy-Vee’s Adopt-a-Highway effort is just one more way we are making our community a better place to live, work and play.

For more information on Olmsted County’s Adopt-a-Highway program, click here: https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/pw/roadtransportation/contacttransportation/Pages/Adopt-A-Highway.aspx

Pet Party!

The 37th Street Hy-Vee hosted a Pet Party at the store on Tuesday, August 29.  The nearly 300 attendees and their furry friends enjoyed a picnic and participated in a host of pet-friendly activities, including the opportunity to create a paw print canvas keepsake.  Hot dogs and hamburgers were available for purchase, with a portion of the food sales benefiting the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation.   In addition to the picnic, there was a pet parade, where Roo Yori – K9 Ninja and Rochester native – served as the celebrity judge, and the top three contestants walked away with prizes. Safe Haven Pet Rescue, BACB Unleashed, Rochester Animal Control, Olmsted County K-9, Small Dog Rescue of MN and Camp Companion were all on hand for the evening. 

Click HERE for KTTC’s coverage of the event.

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“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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Hy-Vee Starbucks Employees Donate Tips to March of Dimes

Every month, our Starbucks employees inside the West Circle Drive Hy-Vee donate their tips to a local charity.

March of Dimes was selected as the charity of choice for the month of June. 

Tips collected throughout the month totaled $1,099.38

Paul Klinger, Board Chair for the Rochester chapter, graciously accepted the donation on behalf of March of Dimes on July 10, 2017.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Looking ahead to next month, July’s tips will be donated to Recovery is Happening.

(insert photo – Summary: Hy-Vee employees presented a donation of $1,099.38 to Paul Klinger, Board Chair for March of Dimes.)

Hy-Vee and Rochesterfest

Rochesterfest celebrated 35 years of summer fun, June 17-25, 2017.  The mission of this weeklong event has been to promote and celebrate the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events.

Hy-Vee was proud to be a major sponsor of Rochesterfest by selling the buttons and posters ($5 each) at all four Rochester Hy-Vee locations.

Hy-Vee also participated in “Health & Wellness at the Fest” on Friday, June 23 as well as the Grand Parade on Saturday, June 24. 

Hy-Vee employees took their smiles beyond the aisles and handed out cold bottled water to over 4,000 parade attendees.