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St. William's Living Center in Parkers Prairie will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a complimentary pork chop dinner, tours of the facility and live music on Sunday, September 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vogrin Hall.

St. William's Living Center celebrates 50 years

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St. William's Living Center in Parkers Prairie will mark its 50th anniversary this year with a celebration on Sunday, September 15, which will include a complimentary pork chop dinner serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Vogrin Hall.

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The public is invited to attend and tour the facilities. Steve Samek will provide music.

What started out as the purchase of a closed hospital from the Franciscan nuns turned into a corporation that consists of nursing, outpatient therapy, assisted living, foster care housing, two community support programs and a fitness center.

On March 28, 1960, the transaction was completed for St. William's Parish to purchase St. Raphael's Hospital for $1,000. The building became a board and lodging facility.

In 1963, the first addition of the nursing facility was built, with future additions in 1967, 1976 and 1997.

St. William's Nursing Home changed its name to St. William's Living Center in 1994. It eventually purchased three houses existing on the square block for future development.

An attached assisted living complex was constructed in 2000 with a chapel to follow in 2001. The St. Raphael's hospital building was torn down and replaced with an entertainment room named Vogrin Hall after founder Fr. Joseph Vogrin in 2006.

St. William's Nursing Home is licensed for 58 nursing residents, which includes 16 private rooms. A total of approximately 100 people are currently employed to meet the needs of the residents and community clients.

McCornell Court, an assisted living apartment building, is attached to the living center and consists of 14 units. One of the units houses four foster care residents.

Also part of the corporation are two separate houses, which both occupy four foster care residents.

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