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Annie's House Almost Complete

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A building dedicated to the memory of a victim of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York is finally ready to be dedicated.

Annie's House - constructed and named in honor of Stanley native Ann Nicole Nelson - is serving skiers at Bottineau Winter Park, and reminding everyone of Ann's spirit.

Emily Medalen takes us to Bottineau with the story.

Ann Nicole Nelson's death in the 9-11 terrorist attack shocked her home state of North Dakota, and left loved ones with broken hearts.

But soon after, her parents found a bucket list on her computer, and they decided to make one of her dreams come true- to build a home here.

Now, after over a year of hard work, the Annie's House edition to the Bottineau winter park is almost complete.

(Mike Cerkowniak, Adaptive Recreation Program Coordinator) "You know it's been all volunteer built, and the whole story behind it of Ann's death and finding the computer, and just the whole concept of it is just wonderful. And seeing this building completed, and the possibilities it has, is just amazing."

With Ann's dream coming true, so have the dreams of hundreds of disabled skiers that Annie's House has given the equipment and help they need to take on the slopes.

(Brad Knudtson, Manager, Bottineau Winter Park) "It's always great to see a smile that they're doing that they never thought they could do before. We've had, you know, people with special needs here before that were really scared to go up there, and after they've done it a couple of times, we can't get them back into the building. They want to just stay out."

And according to those working on the project, the excitement and support from the community has inspired them to continue work on making it even better in years to come.

(Mike Cerkowniak, Adaptive Recreation Program Coordinator) "It's the energy, it's the whole concept behind it, it's the possibilities of what it can be in the future. I mean, the possibilities are pretty much unlimited."

Emily Medalen, KX News.

The official grand opening for Annie's House will be March 5th, 6th, and 7th at the Bottineau Winter Park.

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