Construction on Bemidji Vets Home 45 percent complete

Bemidji Veterans Home advocates recently held a virtual meeting with Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs officials for an update.

Construction is on schedule, with the project approximately 45 percent done with the Home expected to open in mid-2023. 

The MDVA says 70 applications have been received for the Bemidji Veterans Home as of Sept. 20.

Applications have been accepted since Sept. 15, and potential residents should visit with their county’s Veterans Services Officer for help submitting all the required paperwork.

Veterans Home Clinical Director Caroline Schauer emphasized that the facility will be a skilled nursing home and residents must require that level of care.

Residents are typically admitted after spending several months on a waiting list.

During the meeting, MDVA officials shared plans to hire 164 full and part-time staff, with the home to include 72 residential units with private baths, split into two “neighborhoods” and four “households” of 18 residents each.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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