Big addition coming for Fergus Falls Veterans Home

The official groundbreaking for a big addition to the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls is coming Wednesday.

When finished in 2011, the 33,000-square-foot addition will include a 21-bed special care unit, a Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and an expanded dining facility.

Getting the most attention is the special care unit, which will have two state-of-the-art “community” or “village” concepts. The plan is to give these areas a homey look, with a porch and window. They’ll also have street lamps, park benches, a nursing station designed like a depot and enclosed outdoor wandering spaces.

Cost: $9.5 million, with $6.2 million coming from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and $3.3 million from the state.

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