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Fort Belknap holds ground blessing ceremony for new wellness center


October 31, 2019

Havre Daily News/Derek Hann

Loren "Bum" Stiffarm, Island Mountain Research director, from left, Mike Laverdure, principal, director of First American Design Studio, Angie Wilson, DSGW architect, Andy Werk Jr., president of Fort Belknap, Tom Ollman, construction manager for Woodstone Inc. and Warren Morin, council member for Fort Belknap pose next to the sign for the new Hays Health and Wellness Center in Fort Belknap.

HAYS - Fort Belknap Indian Reservation community members gathered Wednesday for a ground blessing ceremony for the future Hays Health and Wellness Center, located next to Hays-Lodge Pole High School, and plan to break ground in May of next year.

"It's just a good day," Fort Belknap President Andy Werk Jr. said. "... I feel good moving to the next phase. Things don't happen overnight, and I am glad that the community and everyone, especially the community, has been patient with us."

Werk said the Hays Wellness Center was first discussed in 2008, shortly after St. Paul's Mission Grade Schoo...

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