​​A family-focused long-term care residence

Granite House

Granite House

Granite House

Granite House

Update: January 2015 
The land for the residence is being cleared and  prepared for building.  
The list of building features has been compiled  for the services needed.
Watch for news from meeting with the architect. As funding becomes available, we will try to break ground on Granite House in winter 2016.  

 August, 2015
There has been great progress on the land!   Tom Insley and his excavator, Mary Anne, have been pulling stumps and piling brush to be hauled away. At this rate, the site will be ready for building by this time next year.  We have signed a contract with Stillwater architect Brian Larson, and the next phase of design drawings are in progress.


April 2, 2017 --PROGRESS! We have our building permit and the corners of the house have been staked out by the surveyor. Our first two subcontractors, for excavation and foundation, are working out their schedules to break ground and pour the walls this month. Look carefully at the photo, left of the surveyor. His own taller stake is only two inches away from the stake that Tom placed in November with his own Theodolite. Pretty good work! That will be the corner of  the garage. ​Watch for news about the next big step—groundbreaking!




December 4, 2016-Here's Tom with a theodolite, staking out the corners of the residence last week. With our plans ready, we now have the perfect balance between bedrooms, family gathering areas, and therapy rooms. We have piles of straw bales ready to spread inside the marked perimeter to insulate the ground from freezing until groundbreaking during the winter. It will be an exciting year!

September 2015-Just look at the Granite House land today! Most of the tree and brush removal is done, and the big oaks and maples surrounding the building site are opened up. Still a few unwanted trees to take down-- with professional help. This perspective shows the front entry of the house, with the back windows to be facing the river bluffs view. The bedrooms and screened porch will have views of the woods. The big pile of brush will be gone soon.

     February, 2015
   The cleared building site as seen from 
   Stagecoach Trail, as of February 1st.  The 
   residence will be placed at the top of the 
   hill, among the large oak trees. There is a 
   small house number sign "2114" by the 
   driveway. Note one of the large piles of 
   brush still to be burned. 

Above, from left: Dan Kyllo, West Lakeland Twp Board Chair; Lucas Gahler, board member; Anna Bohnen, RN, board member; Todd Gillingham, Thrivent Financial; Donna Koning, MD, board member; MN Rep. Kathy Lohmer, former board member; Tom Insley, board member; Carol Insley, board member; Kirk Dahl, DDS, board member; Frank Ritter, MD, board member. 

​​​Photos, November 2014
Left, Anna and Tom clearing brush at property
Right: View towards the east, with the Wisconsin 
​river bluffs in the distance. 

​Spring, 2016, and the building site nearly ready. You can see that most of the brush is gone, the large oaks and maples have been trimmed, and things are greening up. 

Granite House property, November 2016
The rooftops on the hill are the neighbors behind us. The house will be built at the highest point among the large oak trees and the lower field will be an accessible garden for residents, families, and visitors. Compare to the Feb 2015 photo below, taken at the same spot.