The Pinwheel Project

Released: 05/08/20

In support and appreciation of our essential workers in Decorah, the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation and ArtHaus have partnered to launch The Pinwheel Project.

“Pinwheels are a sign of Spring, and Spring is a sign of hope,” said Holly Kanengieter, WMC Foundation Coordinator. “By community members placing pinwheels at our participating sites, those workers will see how eagerly their community supports them; we hope to see hundreds of pinwheels at each location.”

Pinwheels may be purchased at various stores in Decorah, or they can be made at home. The only requirement is they are weatherproof and not made of paper.

Shannon Dallenbach Durbin, Director of ArtHaus, comments. “We think this is a great outlet for people of all ages and talents to be visually supportive in a creative way. We will have information and links on our website,, for making them out of things like plastic folder covers. Pinwheels can be small or huge!”

The list of participating sites are:

Winneshiek Medical Center:  deliver at main registration door to outside check-in booth during normal clinic hours M-F.

Aase Haugen Home: pinwheels may be placed in the grass near the staff parking lot on the corner of Ohio and Valley

Eastern Star Home: please place pinwheels in a tote in the entrance of Arlin Falck Assisted Living.  Visiting restrictions are still in place.

Wellington Place:  deliver during normal business hours, 7:30am – 4pm at main entrance by flagpole.  Please use door buzzer and staff will meet you.

Law Enforcement Center/Decorah City Hall (which includes the Decorah Police Department, City Hall and Fire Department; and the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management).  pinwheels can be dropped off at law enforcement center or at city hall main office and they will place around buildings.

Fareway: please drop off with staff at Decorah Store.

Each facility that has been approached has heartily agreed to display pinwheels. “It’s best to follow each site’s specified and preferred delivery method,” advised Kanengieter. “In this way, they can be placed where workers and the community can see and enjoy them.”

The Pinwheel Project wants to bring joy and show appreciation to all essential workers by flooding them with pinwheels! For questions or more information please contact the WMC Foundation Office at 563-387-3129.

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