CASS LAKE -- In a notice of referendum Friday the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe announced band members will vote on the construction of a wellness center.

Voting will take place during the general election on Aug. 18, polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On the announcement post on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Facebook page, many commented with concerns asking the tribal council for more information regarding the referendum -- who would fund the center, where would it be located and more.

The council responded saying, “more information will be released in the coming weeks along with a schedule for online and/or community informational meetings and Q&A sessions.”

A potential wellness center in Leech Lake has been in discussion for some time now, however, momentum seems to have paused for the last few months, most likely due to the coronavirus.

In a February 2019 Pioneer article, the project idea was described by band leaders as “a ‘pillar of the community’ with an indoor track, recreational pool, meeting and community rooms, cultural and ceremonial spaces, a fitness center, a strip of lake shore and other amenities.”