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WHAT'S IN A NAME: Leaders honored at Red Lake’s extended care center

The Jourdain Perpich Extended Care Facility in Red Lake is named after the tribal chair and the state governor in office when it was built, both individuals with influential legacies in politics.

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Roger Jourdain and Rudy Perpich were two long-serving leaders, Jourdain as Red Lake tribal chair and Perpich as Minnesota governor. The extended care center in Red Lake is named for both men.
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Editor's note: This is part of a 20-story series titled "What's in a name?" completed by Pioneer reporters for our 2022 Annual Report. Read more of the section by clicking the embed at the bottom of this article.

The Jourdain Perpich Extended Care Facility in Red Lake is named after the tribal chair and the state governor in office when it was built, both individuals with influential legacies in politics.

The building is situated next to the hospital at 24856 Hospital Drive in Red Lake.

Roger A. Jourdain served as chair of the Red Lake Tribal Council from 1959 to 1990, and played an important role in reforming the Red Lake’s government to an elected council in his younger years.

Known for his strong personality, Jourdain worked tirelessly to protect tribal sovereignty, and his achievements included reopening Red Lake’s Indian Health Services and improving the nation’s infrastructure, including by bringing running water to its residents.

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Rudy Perpich served his first term as Minnesota governor from 1976 to 1979, and his second from 1983 to 1991. Born in Hibbing, Perpich was the state’s longest serving governor.

Among his achievements were the creation of the Mall of America and bringing Minnesota to the international stage by touring 17 countries and by inviting the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to the state in 1990.

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Nicole Ronchetti is a reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer, focusing on local government and community health.
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