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Health center in Aneta, N.D., shows off major nursing home expansion

The Aneta Parkview Health Center in Aneta, N.D., will dedicate a $2.2 million expansion and renovation project at 2 p.m. Friday.

The event coincides with the 54th Annual Aneta Turkey Barbecue and Summer Festival, Friday through Sunday.

The nursing home project, which is financed through a $2 million loan from USDA Rural Development, plus $200,000 raised locally, adds more than 4,000 square feet to the facility, according to Samantha Evenson, public affairs specialist with the North Dakota office of the USDA Rural Development.

“They did not add any beds, but instead used the addition mainly to convert to private rooms,” she said.

The facility now has 23 private rooms, one semi-private (two-bed) room, and the 14-bed Alzheimer Unit. That compares with seven private rooms, nine semi-private rooms, and the Alzheimer Unit before the project, which also received some renovation.

The Aneta nursing home nearly closed 20 years ago. However, in 1994, Aneta Nursing Home Inc. took over the operation of what then was the Aneta Good Samaritan Center.

The community raised about $2 million at that time to buy the facility.

Aneta is a city of about 220 in Nelson County, about 60 miles southwest of Grand Forks.

Participating in Friday’s dedication will be: Aneta Mayor Todd Whitman; Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director; Stephanie Carlson, APHC administrator; Larry Berreth, APHC president; Joe Rude, Health Management Services president, and representatives with the offices of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Here is the Aneta Turkey Barbecue and Summer Festival schedule:


2 p.m. — APHC dedication.

5:30-8:30 p.m. — Rib/chicken buffet, American Legion Club.

7 p.m. — “Da Lutherlic Ladies” performance, Aneta City Auditorium.

9 p.m. — Street dance: Red Line.


7:30-10 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, Sundahl Church.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Old-Time Tractor Pull.

Noon — Arts and Crafts Show, Aneta Pavilion & City Park.

3 p.m. — Parade.

4:30-7:30 p.m. — Turkey barbecue, Aneta City Park. Entertainment by Chuck Gust.

9 p.m. — Street dance: Red Line.


10 a.m. — All Faith Service, Aneta City Park.

2:30 p.m. — Alumni basketball, Aneta City Auditorium. 

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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