An idea is hatched
In 2013, members of the local American Legion post came to the Herman Development Corporation with an idea. The Legion’s 40-year-old Legion building, which has served as the community’s gathering place for large meetings and special events, needed significant rehabilitation. The Legion could exhaust its funds in refurbishing its building or the post could sell the property and invest that money in another facility—a community center in which it could rent space. Herman is one of few communities in this area (perhaps around the state) that does not have a true community center.
The Herman Development Corporation decided to purchase the old Wells-Olson building, excellently situated in the heart of downtown Herman. A fundraising and planning committee was formed, and an architect hired to develop a concept and floor plan.
In late January, the Herman Development Corporation hosted a town hall meeting to share ideas about the community center. Since then we have talked to a number of area residents one-on-one about the benefits of the center and the importance of their donations to make it a reality. The response has been overwhelming. So far, we have received cash donations and pledges totaling more than $570,000, payable over a three-year period. Others have said they will donate time and labor. Some farmers have agreed to donate grain, which will be converted to cash. We have applied for and continue to pursue grant opportunities. The American Legion will donate money once it has sold its property. At some point the city of Herman will become the owner of the center.
An outpouring of support
Wells Building 2014
Community Center Project
Demolition started Monday August 25th, 2014
On Monday August 25th, 2014 the demolition began on the Wells-Olson and Bartell buildings in Herman, Minnesota. The Wells Building site will be the home of the new Community Center.
As day 2 of the demolition ended, both building came down and a community had come together as a team.
Day 3 is all about getting things cleaned up, the crews worked all day. What an amazing job by all involved.