Guardian Angels breaks ground

by Jim Boyle


Guardian Angels broke ground on an expansion project in Elk River this past Tuesday.

Helping break ground for the new memory care unit at Guardian Angels by the Lake in Elk River were John Dietz, mayor of Elk River; Bob Ruprecht, Elk River city building official; Dan Dixon, president of Guardian Angels; Dan Anderson, Guardian Angels Board and committee member; Annette Greely, director of assisted living; Debbi Rydberg, president of the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce; Bryan Schleif, Skip Sorenson and Ward Isaacson, of Pope Associates; Jim Bartz, vice-president of Guardian Angels; and Jim Beckwith and Jason Korst, of Kraus-Anderson.

The organization is adding 30 memory care units to Guardian Angels by the Lake, according to Guardian Angels President and CEO Dan Dixon.

The $3.5-million project will consist of a two-story, 24,690-square-foot wing to the east of the main building.

Dixon said it will only take 180 days to construct the facility.

The new units will be private apartments ranging in size from 300 to 752 square feet and include private bathrooms and small kitchenettes equipped with a sink, microwave and refrigerator.

The rooms will be wrapped around common areas, Dixon said.

Kraus-Anderson has been selected as the contractor on the project and Pope Architects has designed the building.

The main building at Guardian Angels by the Lake was constructed in 1998 and includes 60 units. Thirteen of those are currently for memory care. They will be converted back to regular assisted living apartments, Dixon said.

The campus also includes 20 townhomes.

Guardian Angels by the Lake is located by Lake Orono, at 13439 185th Ave.