Community Center Breaks
October 21st, 2009
After years in the planning, ground has
been broken today on the
Mountain Community Center!
WOW!! What a
huge day for this little community!
The same thoughts had to be shared when our pioneers
broke ground for our church—the oldest Icelandic Church in America
and Borg Home – a wonderful home for the elderly.
This huge undertaking could not happen without the
support of surrounding communities and people with ties to this
area who now live in all parts of the world!
We are SO grateful for all of your support!!
But the work has only just begun!
We have a lot of fund raising left to do!
We recently helped the Ted and Gisla Wege family as they
auctioned off their estate.
The Wege family pledged money to the Community Center for
local community members would pack up and clean up the Wege farm
and help with the auction.
Dennis Biliske also donated proceeds from his services to
This auction raised about $18,000 and we are grateful to
Dennis and the Wege family for the opportunity this auction
We have also received countless memorials
and even gifts in honor of a marriage and birthdays!
There are SO many people who continue to support this
project in a variety of ways.
We will continue to raise funds and look forward to
having this new facility available to do so.
If you want to be a part of this exciting project, we
would love to have you ‘on board’!
Contributions may be sent to the
Mountain Community Center, PO Box 165, Mountain, ND 58262.
February 16, 2008
Visit to the Minto Community
On Monday, February 16th, Katy Readel, Leslie Geir, David
Hillman, and Loretta Bernhoft, all members of the Mountain
Community Center Capital Campaign Committee, toured the recently
completed Minto Community Center in Minto, North Dakota.
Brad Narloch, who was instrumental in the planning and
construction of this facility, shared valuable information with
us. The experience was enlightening and very educational and we
would like to thank Brad for taking time to assist us.
Congratulations to the Minto Community on their beautiful new
Press Release 4-30-08
The Mountain Community Center
Capital Campaign Committee has announced that they will
be holding a benefit auction as a major fundraising
event for the new Community Center.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 7th
at 11 AM in Mountain on the Mountain Legion Hall grounds
with Wayne Trottier, Northwood, North
Dakota, serving as auctioneer.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to
the Community Center project.
The committee is seeking donations of auction
items large and small.
This will be a great way for people to turn
unneeded items into a donation for this very worthwhile
contributions to the auction are tax deductible, and all
contributors will receive a receipt upon request.
The committee is asking that contributors call as
soon as possible to consign their items so that auction
items can be advertised in advance.
To donate an item
to the auction, please contact Hugh Ralston at 657-2283,
Katy Readel at 993-8431, Joyce Hansen at 993-8424, or
Curtis Olafson at 993-8240.
|Government of Iceland
Donates $75,000 to Mountain Community Center
Community Center Capital Campaign Committee has
announced that the Government of
Iceland has approved a major
contribution to the Community Center project. Iceland’s
Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde attended the 108th Annual
Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain in
August of 2007 and learned of the project. The Committee
submitted a request for funding following his visit and
the Government of Iceland recently approved a $75,000
contribution for the project. In announcing the
contribution, Prime Minister Haarde said, "The
Government of Iceland is pleased to support this very
worthwhile project. The ongoing effort by our family and
friends in North Dakota to preserve and honor their rich
and unique Icelandic heritage, history and culture is an
inspiration to the people of Iceland. We recognize the
necessity of this project and the commitment of those
who are involved in the planning and fundraising, and we
feel that it is important for us to assist them in their
efforts." Prime Minister Haarde has twice visited North
Dakota and taken part in the annual Icelandic
Celebration in Mountain, first in 2004 in his capacity
as Iceland’s Finance Minister, and most recently during
the 2007 Celebration.
Tim Moore, Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chairman and
Mountain Mayor, said, “This contribution is a big step
forward for our fundraising effort, and we are very
thankful for this strong support from Iceland. Our
project is designed to serve not only the needs of the
community of Mountain, but will have the capability to
serve as a regional center for a variety of needs and
events.” Curtis Olafson, who also serves as Co-Chairman
of the Committee said, “This very generous contribution
is greatly appreciated, and came about as a result of
the close bonds that have developed over the years
between the people of Iceland and the people of
Icelandic descent here in North Dakota. We are
privileged to have hosted many tour groups, guests, and
dignitaries from Iceland over the years, and they are
fascinated with our area and our way of life. More
importantly, they are moved by our passion for
celebrating and preserving our Icelandic heritage.”
The Committee will continue its fundraising effort to
reach the goal of matching the $676,000 in federal
grants which have been approved for the project. The
public fundraising effort was launched in July of 2007
and is now approaching the $300,000 mark in funds which
have been donated or pledged and will be used to match
the federal dollars. The projected cost of the new
building is $1,260,000. The Capital Campaign Committee
sincerely appreciates the support received from all
donors. For further information on supporting this
project, visit the fundraiser website at
Loretta Bernhoft, Iceland's Honorary Consul to North Dakota, presents a check on behalf of
the Government of Iceland to Mountain Mayor and Capital
Campaign Co-Chairman Tim Moore, (pictured center) and
Capital Campaign Co-Chairman Curtis Olafson
by Shirley J. Olgeirson
Press Release 10-1-07
project recently received some very exciting news.
The project was approved for a USDA
Rural Business Enterprise grant in the amount of $245,000.
The latest grant, when added to the two
federal grants awarded earlier, brings the total of federal
grants to $676,000.
The three federal grants
were secured by the city of
Mountain with the assistance of the Red River Regional Council.
It is very important to note that
these grants require a dollar-for-dollar match from local
sources, and the grant amount eventually awarded could be a
lesser amount depending on the final cost of the building
The project has
also been approved for a $25,000 North
Dakota Commerce Department grant.
At this time, the local fundraising
effort is over the $100,000 mark and growing daily.
The estimated cost for a turnkey,
fully-furnished building is $1,260,000, and is subject to change
during the bid-letting process.
learn more about the project, visit the website at
www.mountainnd.com or call the
Capital Campaign Co-Chairmen, Tim Moore at 701-993-8370 or
Curtis Olafson at 701-993-8240.