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Emmanuel Community breaks ground on $6.8 million expansion

Gray skies and chilly winds didn't stop Emmanuel Community from hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon. Emmanuel plans to expand its Adult Daycare room, kitchen, and add three rooms for respite care and a 16-unit memory care assisted ...

Gray skies and chilly winds didn't stop Emmanuel Community from hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon.

Emmanuel plans to expand its Adult Daycare room, kitchen, and add three rooms for respite care and a 16-unit memory care assisted living facility. It is a $6.8 million project, and Olaf Anderson & Son Construction is the contractor.

"This morning we thought the sun was going to be out and warm, but I guess that's true Minnesota October weather," Executive Director Janet Green said as a couple dozen people stood in the hallway, inside where it was warmer.

The addition will house a large conference room, something Emmanuel is lacking.

"Obviously, we're standing in a hallway here," Assistant Administrator Steve Przybilla said. "There's no place for a large meeting like this."

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With the expanded kitchen, the 1,000 meals a day that Emmanuel serves won't feel quite so cramped, he added.

After Father Jerry Roger gave the opening prayer and Pastor Wade Dutton blessed the ground, Green said, "Emmanuel has been here 43 years. We're preparing for the next 43 years (with this addition)."

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