By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN If approved by Wright County Planning and Zoning, Cokato Laestadian Lutheran Church will be moving from its current Stockholm Township location to Cokato Township.
After approval by the Cokato Township board Oct. 13, Laestadian’s building committee now awaits the Nov. 19 Wright County Planning and Zoning meeting before moving forward on a 16,000-square-foot building project, according to building committee member Phil Grangroth.
The expansion has been a long time coming, with planning beginning in 2002, according to Grangroth.
Laestadian has purchased 14 acres of land north of the Finnish cemetery located west on Wright County Road 100, one mile off of County Road 3.
The 525-member congregation has outgrown its current 7,000-square-foot facility in Stockholm Township.
If all goes as planned, construction of the facility which will include a sanctuary, fellowship hall, and administrative wing, will begin in spring 2010, for anticipated completion in the spring of 2011, according to Grangroth.
“We will hope for support from the local community in our endeavor,” Grangroth commented.
The church has raised half of the estimated $1.3 million the new facility is expected to cost, according to Grangroth.
There is a building fund set up for those wanting to give toward the new facility. Contact church treasurer Dave Raisanen at (320) 223-0463.