Hundreds of volunteers from across the country gathered in Bottineau, ND, last month to build a new ski lodge called “Annie’s House.” The lodge is being built in honor of Ann Nicole Nelson, a victim of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Nelson was originally from Stanley, ND. Her parents are members of North Central Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Bottineau.
The lodge will accommodate wounded U.S. troops and disabled children. Wayne Martian, general manager of North Central Electric Cooperative, explains the facility is unique to the area. “The park will be used year round and it will have staff that is trained to help people who have special needs,” he says.
A charity called “New York Says Thank You” organized Annie’s House. The group is made up of New York City firefighters, ground zero construction workers and families who lost someone in the attacks. They travel around the country on the anniversary of 9/11 to rebuild communities recovering from disaster. It is their way of saying “thank you” for all the support received following the attacks. The ski lodge is the first project the charity has built in honor of a 9/11 victim.
Annie’s House is scheduled to open this winter in time for ski season.
Basin Electric matched North Central Electric Cooperative’s donation of S4,000 to help build Annie’s House.
Listen to Ann Nelson’s mother, Jenette Nelson, in an interview with CBS News. Watch the video.
The local KXNews station did an update on the project Oct. 4. Watch the video.