It’s party time at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, where eight central Minnesota women are being honored as centenarians this year. Ida who turns 104 in December says her first memory was when she was three back in 1918:

“That’s when the soldiers came home from WWI with the Spanish Flu. And people were starting to die in our community and the county nurse was going around vaccinating people.”

Ida says her secret to her long life is good genes and staying active.

“I led the exercise classes for years. And when I was a hundred I decided I’d quit as the leader. I could kick as high as the rest.”

Being a centenarian is rare. In 2014, only .02% of the population in the United States was a centenarian.