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Best of the Lakes Area Assisted Living, Memory Care Facility, Retirement Community

 This is part of a series articles highlighting winners in the Echo Press Best of the Lakes Area contest. For a full list of winners, look for our Best of the Lakes Area publication in newsstands around Alexandria or in the "Magazine Rack" section of

Knute Nelson Care Center

420 12th Ave. E., Alexandria


 Knute Nelson Care Center was established in 1948 through a bequest by the late U.S. senator and governor of Minnesota, Knute Nelson, to provide care for older adults.

Knute Nelson now employs more than 550 people providing senior care across west-central Minnesota.

Serving over 20 counties in west-central Minnesota, Knute Nelson offers home care, hospice, independent living, assisted living, enhanced assisted living, memory care, care center, smart-home technology, short-term rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and wellness programming for adults age 45 and older.

The mission of Knute Nelson is "to enrich the lives of everyone we serve."

In an era of growth and change, Knute Nelson leaders said it remains committed to caring for people.

"Despite change now or in the future, providing high quality care and 'enriching lives' will always be our purpose. We couldn't do this important work without the help of the many caring employees we have here at Knute Nelson."

Knute Nelson's activities over the past year include building much-needed housing in Park Rapids; equipping Nelson Gables apartments for higher-level care; adding hospice services in the Fargo-Moorhead area; partnering with Centrex Rehab in outpatient therapy and short-term rehab; and bolstering memory care services.

Knute Nelson is a non-profit, Christian-based organization, who is governed by local boards of directors and affiliated with 17 local area churches that help guide and support our mission and vision.