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Mountain Community Center Breaks Ground

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 the Mountain Community Center.  This auction raised about $18,000 and we are grateful to Dennis and the Wege family for the opportunity this auction provided!


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 Center

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 facility! 


Press Release 4-30-08
Benefit Auction

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 project.  All 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. 


Press Release 1-17-08


Government of Iceland Donates $75,000 to Mountain Community Center
The Mountain 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
Photo by Shirley J. Olgeirson



Press Release 10-1-07


The Mountain Community Center 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 project.     

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.  To learn more about the project, visit the website at or call the Capital Campaign Co-Chairmen, Tim Moore at 701-993-8370 or Curtis Olafson at 701-993-8240.