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Community Center to be built in Mahnomen

A little less than a year from now, there will be a new community center in Mahnomen.

Located about a mile and a half north of the Shooting Star Casino on Adams Street, the Veteran's Memorial Community Center will be constructed adjacent to a new, 25-family single home development.

According to Leo Grobe, the lead architect on the project, the center will cover roughly 4,800 square feet -- but it will be built in a cylindrical shape.

"It's kind of a cylindrical building," Grobe said Monday in a telephone interview. "It's 82 feet in diameter."

The central meeting hall is approximately 40 feet in diameter, he added.

Though the roof might be expected to be cone-shaped, it actually resembles an overturned ice cream cone -- if it were cut in half.

"There will be a diagonal skylight built into the roof," Grobe said. "We wanted to do something that would add a little character to the building, and also bring in some natural light to the center of the great hall."

The cylindrical shape is actually a traditional native design, Grobe noted.

"We did studies on three different designs, and presented them to Robert (Durant, housing director for the White Earth Reservation). It was the owners' (i.e., White Earth Tribal Council) decision to go with this design.

In addition to the central gathering hall, there will be a senior room for "playing cards and other games, casual reading and so forth," Grobe said. Business and reception office space is also included, and there will be a library and serving kitchen as well as the requisite mechanical room, restrooms and storage areas.

Bids are expected to be let in late July, Grobe said.

"We're just completing the construction documents... we'd like to start construction around Aug. 1," he added. "It's going to take about 9-10 months to build."

A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the project was held June 22 at the site of the new community center. For more information, contact the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council's public relations department at 218-983-3285.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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