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Knute Nelson adds St. Mary’s to its corporate structure

The Church of St. Mary in Alexandria is now part of Knute Nelson’s corporate church structure.

Delegates representing area churches already affiliated with Knute Nelson voted to add St. Mary’s during their annual meeting.

This is the first, non-Lutheran church that joins the corporate church structure since Knute Nelson’s incorporation as a local, 501c3 nonprofit in 1969.

Knute Nelson is now affiliated with 15 area churches that elect the nine-member Knute Nelson Corporation Board of Directors.

“The purpose of expanding Knute Nelson’s church membership represents a more complete and collaborative, Christian faith community,” said Mark Anderson, president/CEO of Knute Nelson. “We serve individuals of all faiths and no faiths. Having St. Mary’s join our corporation structure better represents aging services in Alexandria, and is more reflective of who Knute Nelson serves today.”

He added, “The churches do not own Knute Nelson, however, they help ensure our mission is achieved, that we’re responding to the needs of the local community and being good stewards of our resources.”

Representatives of the Knute Nelson Corporation Board include: Doug Houska, chair; Ruth Nagle, vice chair; Dennis Schmidt, treasurer; Rich Moen, secretary; Tom Anderson; Yvonne Kinney-Hockert, Jan Lervick, Tim Bush and Derek Trosvig.

Corporation churches affiliated with Knute Nelson include: American Lutheran Church, Long Prairie; Bethesda Lutheran Church, Alexandria; Calvary Lutheran Church, Alexandria; Chippewa Lutheran Church, Brandon; East Moe Lutheran Church, Garfield; Faith Lutheran Church, Evansville; First Lutheran Church, Alexandria; Grace Lutheran Church, Brandon; Osakis Lutheran Church, Osakis; Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Nelson; Shalom Lutheran Church, Alexandria; Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Clarissa; West Moe Lutheran Church, Brandon; The Church of St. Mary, Alexandria; and Zion Lutheran Church, Browerville.

Founded in 1948, Knute Nelson was established through a bequest by the late senator and governor of Minnesota, Knute Nelson (1843-1923) to provide care for older adults. Nelson’s gift of his land and home was made to the Norwegian Lutheran Church.

Over the last 65-plus years, the Knute Nelson organization has expanded its available services to meet the needs of the Alexandria area community to include assisted living, enhanced assisted living, home care, hospice, in-home sensor technology, memory care assisted living, out-patient therapies, respite care, senior apartments, short-term rehab, skilled memory care, skilled nursing and wellness.

Knute Nelson employs nearly 500 staff and is the fifth largest employer in the Alexandria area. Additionally, more than 350 volunteers assist regularly to carry out its mission throughout the organization.

For information, visit or call (320) 763-6653.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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