July 9, 2020

Dear Marsh Members,

Thank you to everyone who responded to last week’s announcement regarding The Marsh’s collaboration with the YMCA. Your concerns are important and we appreciate your questions and hopes for the future of The Marsh. We can now explain what this collaboration means:
The family of Ruth Stricker (Kim and Bob Griffin and Mark Stricker) is working on donating The Marsh to the Y. This is a succession plan that Ruth had been exploring over recent years with Glen Gunderson, President and CEO of the Y. As developments with the Y progress, our goal is to open The Marsh August 3rd. This is a target date barring any unpredictable setbacks that could present a new threat to anyone’s health or safety.

Why the Y?

The Y is the partner Ruth enjoyed. She and Glen shared a trust and understanding of each other’s organizations and their respective missions — which are similar in their commitment to expanding wellbeing programs and services for all in our community. Coming together is a strategy to ensure that Ruth’s mission, philosophy and the culture of The Marsh will continue and grow to reach even more people locally, nationally and globally. The Y is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Will The Marsh change its name? The Marsh brand is not the Y brand.

The Marsh will retain its unique and distinctive identity as The Marsh, along with its commitment to wellbeing for the community which is aligned with the Y’s brand.

What happens to The Marsh’s special programs?

They’ll come back. Given the Covid-19 shutdown and re-opening regulations from government and health officials, along with our own internal safety guidelines, it will take time for Marsh programs to return to full scale. For those who are interested, the Y is also a pathway to extend Ruth’s mission through many communities in our region and throughout the country. This is an exciting opportunity and a commitment to Ruth’s legacy.

The Marsh has been shutdown since March and staff has been furloughed. Who is still there to assure the consistency and caring, that sense of community support?

You will recognize the heart, soul, care and commitment of our Marsh employees when you come back.

Why is it taking so long to open when other fitness facilities have already re-opened?

Beyond the State-mandated March shutdown, as you are aware, we lost our founder in April. Ruth’s family has been working diligently and with great care to take the next steps for The Marsh, a time-consuming and complex proposition. Regardless of external pressure, Ruth herself would have followed a conservative opening timeline to ensure the safety of our members and employees. During this shutdown, we have been working on facility improvements including construction, painting and critical Covid-19 compliant upgrades.

A place to go until we re-open…

As stated above, our goal is to open August 3rd. Until then, the Y has offered the use of its facilities by Marsh Members free of charge. This is a one-way exclusive arrangement for the benefit of Members to have access to the Y. Simply present your Marsh Membership card when you arrive and answer a few questions confirming that you are well. For information on Y locations, hours, etc., please visit

Thank you again for staying engaged with The Marsh. We have an extraordinary membership of individuals committed to their health and wellbeing. We have missed you and are excited to welcome you back to our next chapter… soon!


Here is the Marsh Outdoor Class Schedule for the Week of July 13th:

Monday, July 13

Strength – 8:00am
Yoga – 9:30am

Tuesday, July 14

Yoga – 8:00am
Strength – 9:30am

Wednesday, July 15

Hike at Lone Lake Park – 8:00am
Tai Chi – 10:00am

Thursday, July 16

Cycle on the Deck – 8:00am
Yoga – 9:30am

Friday, July 17

Strength – 9:30am
Tai Chi – 10:00am

Reserve your spot in class by calling 952-935-2202 by 3:00pm Friday, July 3rd!

Yoga, Tai Chi & Cycle: $15/class
Lone Lake Park Hike: $15
Strength: $20
You can also “Zoom” Yoga and Tai Chi
If interested in Zooming a class, please email Evan at 24 hours in advance of class time. Thank you!

June 30, 2020

We are reaching out to you to share an exciting new development for The Marsh:

The Marsh and YMCA are Exploring Ways to Expand Wellbeing Opportunities to Better Serve All in the Community
The Marsh, a Center for Balance and Fitness, and the YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, are exploring ways to expand existing wellbeing capabilities based on their commitment to serve all in our community. The goal is to preserve and extend the historic health and wellness legacy of Marsh founder Ruth Stricker by aligning and integrating her mind and body philosophy into Y programs locally, nationally and globally.
“My mother’s philosophy of the resiliency of the human spirit is more relevant today than ever,” said Kim Griffin. “The Marsh and Y collaborating together is a commitment to her legacy, and offers a clear path forward to ensure that her mission continues to expand with thoughtful leadership. It’s exciting to imagine how her life’s work will integrate into the Y’s greater wellbeing platform.”
Over the years, Ruth was a mentor to Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA. They often discussed how their organizations’ similar missions offered opportunities for mutual collaboration.
“Ruth who supported the Y throughout her lifetime was a guiding hand for me,” said Gunderson. “Her vision informed the Y’s approach to whole life wellbeing. She would challenge me and ask, ‘How does a program find its way beyond a physical place?’”
Gunderson added, “Ruth’s commitment to human connection and resiliency demonstrates how her forward thinking aligns with what is going on in the world today. Ruth said she hoped The Marsh and Y could work together to find innovative ways to strengthen our community wherever they are, so that no one feels isolated and alone.”
“In February of this year, before the nation realized the magnitude that we were headed into a pandemic, Ruth, again ahead of her time, questioned, ‘How do we build community when we can’t shake hands and hug – human touch is so important,’” said Gunderson. “Our Y agrees and remains committed to focus on connecting people of all ages so they can learn, grow and thrive together.”
Given The Marsh’s unique facility, part of this collaboration also involves cooperating on strategy for a safe re-opening.
The Marsh continues to gradually phase-in activities and is currently offering outdoor classes and fitness opportunities for its members. The Marsh Restaurant is also open for takeout and patio seating. Please watch for the start of additional activities and services in the weeks to come.
While we’re going through this transition, the YMCA is making its fitness and wellbeing centers available to Marsh Members and employees. Simply present your Marsh ID at check-in.To find a convenient location, please go to
The Marsh and YMCA will provide updates in the coming weeks.


June 25, 2020 … Warm Summer Greetings, Marsh Members!

We miss you, appreciate you, and love seeing you here! Join us for a great class on the deck or a hike next Monday at Big Willow Park. With our careful safety protocols and proper distancing, there’s no better time to gather for a healthy routine. Our classes fill up because of capacity caps so please call 952-935-2202 in advance to secure your spot. Registration closes at 3pm this Saturday, June 27. Until further notice, classes and other activities are open to Marsh Members only. All classes are held outdoors on our decks. If your class of choice is already full, we are now ZOOMING Yoga, Tai Chi and Cycle for those who have an exercise bike at home. Email Evan at to sign-up at least 24 hours before the class you want to do virtually. You will receive a private Zoom invitation link to your email shortly before class starts – just click and connect. Zoom classes are $10 each and will be charged to your Marsh account. We invite you to join us…

Monday, June 29

Hike at Big Willow Park: 8:30am
Yoga: 9:30 – 10:30am

Tuesday, June 30

Yoga: 8:00 – 9:00am
Strength: 9:30 – 10:30am

Wednesday, July 1

Tai Chi: 10:00 – 11:00am

Thursday, July 2

Cycle: 8:00 – 9:00am
Yoga: 9:30-10:30am

Friday, July 3

Strength: 9:30-10:30am
Tai Chi: 10:00 – 11:00am


Yoga, Tai Chi & Cycle: $15/class ($10 to Zoom)
Big Willow Park Hike: $15
Strength: $20/class (no Zoom for Strength)
Class fees will be charged to your Member account.

The Restaurant is open for takeout & dining alfresco

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Offering a Summer Menu of refreshing beverages, delicious salads, hearty wraps and tasty snacks for takeout, or enjoying on our front patio. Call 952-930-8560 in advance for takeout and we’ll bring it to you at curbside when you arrive. Or come to the order window in the restaurant vestibule. Beer & Wine by the glass can be enjoyed on the patio. Charge transactions only (no cash) for safe contactless payment.

Taking care of your summer skin?

While The Spa remains closed for services, your favorite skin care products are still available for purchase. Just email your needs to or call Cece at 952-930-8508. We will process your order and happily bring it to your car at curbside when you arrive.

Marsh Shop summer blast sale postponed

Our Shop Summer Blast Sale originally scheduled for June 27th and 28th has been postponed until further notice

We’re all practicing “distancing” even as we come together – in masks

When at The Marsh, social distancing and masks are required for everyone – Members and staff. We know that wearing a mask during vigorous exercise is hardly practical but – when arriving, moving from one location to another, and leaving – we ask that you wear a mask for the safety and protection of everyone. Thank you for cooperating!

Sharing summer “virtually”

We would LOVE to see how you’re spending your summer moments. Send us a favorite photo or message with a who/what/where caption and we’ll select some to share in our e-newsletters. Think of this as your Marsh Member Facebook messaging service… you’re the stars of our Marsh family.
Please note that no membership dues are being charged for July.

June 17, 2020

The Marsh Restaurant is now open for takeout and patio seating. Call 952-930-8560 in advance to order or stop by the order window in the restaurant vestibule.

Click here for details and menus!

Below are next week’s Member-only outdoor classes. Advance registration is required. Please call 952-935-2202 to pre-register. All offerings are $15 and will be charged to your member account for contactless transactions.

Monday, June 22
Yoga: 9:30-10:30am
Tuesday: June 23
Yoga: 8:00-9:00am $15
Strength: 9:30-10:30am $20
Wednesday: June 24
Purgatory Park Hike: 8:30am $15
Tai Chi: 10:00-11:00am $15
Thursday: June 25
Cycle: 8:00-9:00am $15
Yoga: 9:30-10:30am $15
Friday: June 26
Strength: 9:30-10:30am $20
Tai Chi: 10-11:00am $15
Practicing physical distancing and wearing masks
When at The Marsh, physical distancing and masks will be required for everyone. We know that wearing a mask during vigorous exercise isn’t practical, but masks are essential when you are here and moving from one location to another. Please remain mindful of protecting yourself and others by honoring everyone’s safe personal space.


June 13, 2020

The Marsh Restaurant opens for takeout service Wednesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 20. Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm. Offering a menu of summer snacks, salads, wraps and beverages for takeout or enjoying on the outdoor patio in front of The Marsh. Call 952-930-8560 in advance to place your order and we’ll bring it to you at curbside upon arrival. Or stop by the takeout order window inside the restaurant door. Charge transactions only (no cash). Click Here to download the menu!


June 11, 2020

Next week’s outdoor fitness classes (see below) are filling up! The deadline to sign-up is this Saturday at 3:00pm. Simply call the front desk at 952-935-2202 (there is no online sign-up for these). Classes are for Marsh Members only at this time due to capacity limits. Thank you for understanding!


June 10, 2020

Our re-opening plan for The Marsh is a phased approach designed to protect the health and wellbeing of our Members, staff and guests. Our first phase begins Monday, June 15 when we resume outdoor fitness activities and re-open restaurant service for takeout and patio seating. The building itself remains closed until mid to late July at the earliest while we gradually open various indoor facilities and services in stages over the weeks to come.

Outdoor Fitness Classes Start June 15

Starting next week – and until further notice – outdoor classes and events are open to Marsh Members only. Advance sign-up is required by calling 952-935-2202. All classes are weather permitting. For the time being we must limit access in order to operate within the capacity caps set by the State of Minnesota. Here are next week’s offerings:

Monday, June 15
Woodrill Woods Hike: 8:30-9:30am $15 (Diane Pattridge)
Yoga: 9:30-10:30am $15, bring your own mat (Brenda Steger)

Tuesday, June 16
Cycling: 8:00-9:00am $15 (Brenda Steger)
Strength Circuit: 9:30-10:15am $20 (Brenda Steger)

Wednesday, June 17
Woodrill Woods Hike: 8:30am-9:30am $15 (Diane Pattridge)
Tai Chi: 10:00-11:00am $15 (Dianna Pilkington)

Thursday, June 18
Cycling: 8:00-9:00am $15 (Brenda Steger)
Yoga: 9:30-10:30am $15, bring your own mat (Brenda Steger)

Friday: June 19
Strength Circuit: 9:30-10:15am $20 (Brenda Steger)
Tai Chi: 10:00-11:00am $15 (Dianna Pilkington)

The Marsh Restaurant Opens for Take-out & Patio

Initial Hours of Operation Wednesday June 17-Saturday, June 20: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Offering a light menu of beverages and snacks for takeout or enjoying on the outdoor patio in front. Call 952-930-8560 in advance to place your order and we’ll bring it to you curbside upon arrival. Or get a quick snack at the order window inside the restaurant door vestibule (charge transactions only, no cash).

Spa Products
Spa skin care products are also available for purchase. To order, email us at We will bring your products to you at curbside when you arrive.

Practicing physical distancing and wearing masks

When at The Marsh, physical distancing and masks will be required for everyone. We know that wearing a mask during vigorous exercise isn’t practical, but masks are essential when you are here and moving from one location to another. Please remain mindful of protecting yourself and others by honoring everyone’s safe personal space.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate our way through these processes and stages. Like you, we are very eager to restore The Marsh to full operations, safely and healthfully. We miss you and are excited to welcome you back to the Marsh community!

We always welcome your feedback. Email us at


June 5, 2020

Greetings! We hope you are all staying healthy and well. Governor Tim Walz announced today that fitness centers are allowed to open on June 10th. While we look forward to welcoming you back soon, The Marsh will NOT open on that day. We have been working diligently at preparing and freshening up the facility, along with the required safety protocols for each area. Ours will be an area-by-area phased opening. We will announce our opening date and schedule next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding! We will see you very soon!


May 1, 2020

An Update to Our Members,

We hope that you are all aware that, on top of our temporary closure, we lost our founder, Ruth Stricker, in April. The shock of her passing is deep for us, her family and our Marsh family. As we mobilize the plan for The Marsh’s future, we remember Ruth’s words of the resiliency of the human spirit: “Our challenge is to be emotionally resilient and physically healthy to handle change and stress.” We hope you are staying well.

Because The Marsh has such an extensive range of services, our re-opening plan is being developed with utmost care to assure your safety and that of our staff. As with every business surviving these extraordinary times, we are called to make changes to support a strong, sustainable Marsh for the future. We will keep you posted here on plans for a phased opening, and we look forward to the day when we can welcome you back!

Thank you,
Tim Mortenson
General Manager


April 4, 2020

Dear Marsh Members,

We miss you…  Being away from The Marsh, our “home away from home,” is so difficult… we miss each other’s energy, support and warmth every day.  While trying to remember our Marsh lessons of resiliency and taking care of ourselves, we feel the need to express our feelings of sharing with others, of caring and expressing our love.

Maintaining the bonds of our Marsh community, many members have thoughtfully shared their feelings, verses and poems. If you wish to share, please send an email to .

Although we cannot connect with you in person, we encourage you to visit our website at for a variety of program offerings.

In addition, we have provided a link to The Big Know for their “Beyond Normal” podcast series focused on self-care, featuring experts well known to us at The Marsh. We welcome you to check our website and Facebook page frequently as additional classes, snippets of The Marsh history, resources and webinars will be added.

While we are apart, we will strive to keep as well connected as possible and will not be charging membership dues. We encourage you to watch your email and our website for follow-up communications as we all adjust and adapt to the changes occurring every day.

In spite of the complicated life we are living now, we are so grateful for the hard-working members of our health care community who generously give their time to make our lives easier and safer.

We send our prayers, love and warm thoughts to you and your loved ones as the days unfold.