Rodnes Church, founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1885, has fought the good fight over its 127 years. But bake sales and dinners — along with contributions to the offering plate — have their limits. Members realized that when they learned it would take $30,000 to restore the church steeple to its original appearance.
Renewal is not just an economic buzzword, but a way of life in this town of 220 on U.S. Highway 59 in southeastern Polk County. Since 2008, town officials, the Winger Renewal Authority and locally-owned Ultima Bank Minnesota, have been transforming their community. To date, four businesses have been renovated, two more are being renovated, and the Highway 59 corridor and most of the community have been cleaned up. In addition, the old Winger Public School has been demolished, to make room for affordable housing.
Upgrades include new racquetball courts, remodeled lobby area The Y in Grand Forks is in the middle of a $3.2 million improvement project that has added new racquetball courts, weight training space and group exercise rooms and covered the costs of keeping a 43-year-old building able to meet the changing needs of a changing clientele.
As a result of the project, the bar area became larger and the kitchen area became smaller. Part of the kitchen space was removed during the project.
Two interior walls also were knocked down, opening up the space.
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