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Ground broken for new Boone Beginnings facility

Pat and Wayne Boilesen visit with Boone Beginnings Committee Chair Andy Roberts at the ground breaking ceremony.
Ground was broken Sunday, Aug. 30, for a new facility intended to make child care more available across the Boone County area. About 50 people attended the ceremony at the site south of Samaritan Estates Assisted Living Center on Sixth Street.
Boone Beginnings Early Childhood and Family Development Center has been in the planning stages for several years, and has now reached the construction stage.
The intent of the project is to assist working parents with their childcare needs and make Boone County a place where young people choose to live and raise families.
In opening the program, Andy Roberts, chairman of the Boone Beginnings Committee, noted that planning for this facility started in 2018.
“We saw a real need for high quality early childcare and started by supporting the Cardinal Kids Club after school program,” Roberts said. “The need for day care resulted in this facility, and we’re excited to see it happen.”
Jerry Niewohner, speaking on behalf of the Niewohner family, said the ground breaking is a great day for the community and predicted the new facility will be “a huge asset for young families.” He thanked everyone who has helped make it happen.
Read the complete story in the Sept. 2 Albion News print and e-editions.
Some of those who played key roles in bringing the new Boone Beginnings facilty to the construction stage included (front, l.-r.) Lindsay Jarecki, Jay Wolf, Kendra Krohn, Carol Kusek, Michelle Olson, and Pat and Wayne Boilesen; (back, l.-r.) Susie Wolf, Marti Beard of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Theresa Wilke, Jerry Niewohner, Mark Niewohner, Kurt Kruse and Andy Roberts.