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Good Samaritan Society - Blackduck Senior Living recently celebrated National Assisted Living Week with two community dinners and fundraisers

Blackduck City Administrator Karin Elhard spent a half hour in Blackduck's "original" jail cell which was moved to the Senior Living parking lot for a Jail and Bail fundraiser.1 / 2
Sgt. Jason Riggs of the Beltrami County Sheriff's Dept. gives a demonstration of what is K-9 partner can do during the day's events.2 / 2

On Sept. 12, law enforcement officers as well as local members of emergency response teams lined the parking lot of the Good Samaritan Senior Living building in Blackduck.

Included, were representatives from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Water Patrol and K-9 Unit, Minnesota State Patrol, Blackduck Fire Department, Police Department and ambulance crew. Area community members and tenants of the Senior Living and Nursing Home were able to view up close each emergency vehicle. Agency representatives answered questions, gave demonstrations and handed out brochures and other items to attendees.

During Sunday's event, Blackduck Mayor Scott Palmer and City Administrator Karin Elhard spent a half hour in Blackduck's "original" jail cell which was moved to the Senior Living parking lot for a "Jail and Bail" fundraiser. Also volunteering time in jail for the fundraiser was Jean Slindee, Kari Slindee, Jennifer Parker, Theresa Templin, Dwight and Marilyn Warden and Allison Jepson.

While participating in the day's activities, the community enjoyed a free will donation pulled pork dinner. Throughout the day drawings were held for numerous prizes and area youth put together their own free mini first aid kits.

On Sept. 16, a "Golf Chipping Shoot Out" fundraiser was held at the Blackduck Golf Course. The top three "closest to the hole" winners were Ben Miller of Bemidji, taking first place; Dick McKean of Hines, taking second; and Dwight Warden of Blackduck, taking third. During the event a free will donation sliced roast beef dinner was served in the club house.

Concluding the week, a raffle drawing was held Sept. 18 with first prize of a weekend stay for two at Villa Calma Bed and Breakfast in Bemidji to Beatrice Nistler of Kelliher; second prize, a 26" mountain bike, donated by Jean Slindee of Grimes Realty, to Chan Moon of Blackduck and third prize, a ConAir Portable Fabric Steamer to Lori Mistic of Puposky.

Thanks to the hard work of the Good Samaritan Advisory Board members, staff, representatives of area public safety agencies, many community volunteers and everyone who donated financially, all who attended the week's events had a great time. Proceeds from the fall fundraising event's will benefit the Senior Living campus, providing funds to build storage lockers for tenants, as well as landscaping and outdoor furnishings.

In June 2010, the 20 unit Good Samaritan - Blackduck Senior Living apartment building celebrated completing their first year of business. Thankfully, all initial building construction issues have been repaired and completed, including the exterior expansion space for the geo-thermal heating and air-conditioning motors originally housed inside the building. The building is always open for tours and staff members are available 24/7 for questions by calling 835-5483.