By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN After months of anticipation, ground breaking took place Thursday in Howard Lake for The Lodge of Howard Lake, the new assisted living facility expected to be complete spring 2014.
The ceremony began with a brief speech of thanks from City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, and Mayor Pete Zimmerman.
Dan Hanson, director of operations for Good Samaritan Society said, Howard Lake residents recommending the new facility to family and friends will be key to its success.
Bob Roepke, with Community Asset Foundation, gave a brief history of the relationship between Community Asset Foundation and Good Samaritan Society, which began with the Howard Lake Lodge project.
Roepke explained that Howard Lake’s project was the beginning of project partnerships between Good Samaritan Society and Community Asset Foundation.
Good Samaritan Society will not work with a developer unless the company is a non-profit, because Good Samaritan is a non-profit organization.
According to Roepke, Community Asset Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the cities with which they work happy.
“We didn’t like that a developer came into a city and laid out what they thought the city needed, without even asking the city staff or citizens,” Roepke said.
Roepke ended with, “The goal is to build a place that you’re all going to be proud of.”