July 5, 2018

Still looking for the Class of ’72

Posted in Class of '72 Challenge, Endangered buildings, Friends of Stone Bank, Fundraising, Photos, Pictures, Renovation, Updates tagged , , , , , , at 12:11 pm by stonebankblog

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This is much more fun than the prom was!

A little over a year ago, we challenged the BHS Class of ’72 to lead the way with donations to the Stone Bank restoration project. And we challenged other BHS classes to match our effort. What fun it has been to reconnect with classmates and take a few of them on a tour of the building! Most important, we have received some donations to continue work on the building.

But we haven’t heard from many of our classmates. In some cases, we haven’t been able to find their current addresses, email or phone numbers. If you have a sibling or friend from our class, please tell them we would love to hear from them — or send us a tip or contact info to touchstones.inc@gmail.com.

In 2022, our class will celebrate its 50th reunion, and we would love to celebrate our class’s leadership in putting this historic building back together again. Let’s do this.

And we challenge other classes to meet or exceed our class’s gifts to the project, which so far stands at $1,300.

Envision the destination

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This is the architect’s rendering of what the building will look like when we put it back together again. We took down 20 feet of the building to put a foundation under it, and added an extra 9 feet to make room for a rear entry with a handicap lift (left third of drawing). We only need to raise $60,000 to enclose the back section and get the roof on. With your help, we can get this done. Send a check today to: Touchstones, Inc., PO Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318. Online giving options available at StoneBank.org.

Come on Class of ’72. Let’s inspire other classes to join us in this effort.

 

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December 31, 2013

You Rocked the Support!

Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, Fundraising, Photos, Pictures, Renovation, Updates, Volunteers tagged , , , , at 12:09 pm by stonebankblog

Happy. Happy. New Year!

Happy. Happy. New Year!

It has been a really busy year at the Stone Bank — and it has been a year where we have made important progress — and have done a LOT of heavy lifting.

  • Our stone mason finished dismantling the back section of the bank in the spring of 2013.
  • We did some problem-solving around the issue of putting in a new foundation during the summer months, which included shoring up the foundation of the neighboring building and dealing with a wet spot.
  • Wonderful Monte Mikkelsen and his crew from Mikkelsen Aggregates donated time and equipment to excavate the pit for the new foundation.
  • Footings were poured and the new foundation began to rise in the fall, where none had existed before.
  • By late in the fall, the foundation was up to grade and we are in a great position to finish raising the back section in 2014.

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We couldn’t have done it without support from the Historical Society of ND and donations from Otter Tail Power, the Bottineau County Board, Preservation ND, Turtle Mountain Communications, St. Michel Furniture, the State Bank of Bottineau and dozens of individuals who made donations, dedicated a stone, bought T-shirts and volunteered their time to help move the project forward. Thank you!

But — we need to ask again. Can you write another check? We plan to make big progress in 2014. For starters, we will complete rebuilding the back 20 feet of the building and put the roof on. Then we need to get the old bank ready for its new life with plumbing and heating and renovating the interior!

Early in 2014, we are going to begin the process of finding a tenant or tenants for this swell building. Any ideas? We would love to hear them.

We are so excited for the Stone Bank’s potential to be a historic anchor for Bottineau’s Main Street. But we can’t get it done without community support. Remember, Touchstones, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so your donation is tax deductible.

So end 2013 with a glad tidings of support for the Stone Bank. This project is preserving a piece of Bottineau history — and helping the building play a role in Bottineau’s future.

Our fundraising goal for 2014 is $50,000. Every dollar helps.

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Let’s keep it going! The hardest part is behind us and the fun part is here.

Our mailing address is: Touchstones, Inc., 524 Main Street, P.O. Box 272, Bottineau, ND 58318

Or you can make a donation online using PayPal or Razoo. Links are on the right column of this page.

Happy New Year and thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog.