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Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 18, 2005

Holy Trinity breaks ground for new elementary school

By Lynda Jensen

Following years of fundraising and planning, Holy Trinity broke ground April 10 with plans for a new elementary school building to be located just west of the existing high school building.

“This has been a long journey for the parish and school,” commented Father Paul Wolf. “We are now seeing the fruits of our labor.”

Construction will begin in the spring and end fall 2006, when the two-story building will be ready for students, Wolf said.

The plans feature the following:

• fourteen classrooms for kindergarten to sixth grade, pre-school and day care

• an office area

• restrooms on each floor

• an elevator, which will make the first and second floor handicapped accessible

• putting up outside walls for the gym and locker rooms.

The next step should be finishing the gym, and other related work, he said. “It’s a work in progress,” he said.

“We began planning a number of years ago,” Wolf said. At that time, a master plan was developed for the renovation and reconstruction of Holy Trinity’s infrastructure.

“Projects that have been completed are the renovation of the social hall, heating and air conditioning, lighting, an organ in the church, and new windows in the high school,” he said.

“Two years ago we began a serious capital campaign to collect $2 million to build the project that is now coming to reality,” Wolf said.

The new school is the first step to many necessary renovations. Other future projects will include a new roof for the church, and addressing handicapped-accessible issues for the church and high school.

Dave Median from Architect Plus of Faribault is the architect, and Don Vos of Green Isle is the contractor for the elementary project, Wolf said.

The last time Holy Trinity embarked on a large-scale project was for the high school in 1965, Wolf noted.

The church also recently finished renovation of the basement, he added.

Mayor Don Guggemos, who was on the 1965 building committee, and is on the current building committee for the new elementary building, described the project as exciting. “This is definitely a commitment to education,” he said.

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