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Essentia Health St. Mary's in DL to host two events Thursday

The Essentia Health St. Mary's Gift Shop will be hosting a Holiday Open House this Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The open house will be going on all day," says Kelli Sjoblom, who manages the gift shop in addition to her duties as volunteer coordinator.

"We'll be displaying all of our brand new holiday items," she added. "There's lots of fun gifts and things that we maybe haven't had before — and there will be gift wrapping too!"

Holiday treats, door prizes and plenty of holiday deals will also be featured, with proceeds going to benefit the gift shop and the EHSM Foundation, which supports projects both within the hospital and clinic as well as for the community.

Later in the day, from 1 to 3 p.m., Essentia will also be hosting a Volunteer Fair near tha main entrance of the Detroit Lakes clinic.

"It's similar to a job fair, but we'll be showcasing our volunteer program and all of the different opportunities we have for people to volunteer here at Essentia," Sjoblom said. "We would like to encourage people to stop in and visit with some of our volunteers from various departments. We will also have some door prizes, and people can even fill out an application the same day if they're interested in getting started with volunteering fairly soon."

For more information, please contact Kelli Sjoblom at or


Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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