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The spirit of Valentine’s Day was alive and well at Husker Health and Rehabilitation in Beatrice on Wednesday.

The nursing home held its annual Valentine’s Day celebration, complete with live music, heart-shaped cookies and the crowning of a Valentine’s Day king and queen.

Voted by residents and staff, this year’s queen was Carmen Frerichs.

After her name was announced, Frerichs was serenaded by local pianist Jim Hinz. Hinz, who has been legally blind since childhood, routinely entertains the guests at Beatrice Health and Rehab with his piano playing and singing.

Once Frerichs was crowned and seated at the head table surrounded by heart-shaped ballons, it was time to crown a king.

That honor went to Robert Davison who reluctantly traded his ball cap for a crown.

Once seated together, the pair shared a non-alcoholic toast to their newfound titles and enjoyed some special Valentine’s Day treats.

“It was very unexpected,” Frerichs said.

Davison also cracked a slight smile and admitted, “It feels good for a change!”

“It’s not your typical Valentine’s Day celebration,” said Kailey Mustin, activities director. “We do it every year as a way to make them feel special. It’s nice to celebrate them.”


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