Livable Community-Retirement Community (Destiny Driver #9)

November 22, 2009

By 2012 we will have the finest retirement community in western Minnesota, attracting 20 new retirees to our community every year.

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  1. […] 2012 we will have the finest retirement community in western Minnesota, attracting 20 new retirees to our community every […]

  2. “Aging Communities, Boomers, and Creating Communities for a Lifetime”
    Presenter: Jess Luce (contact); 2009/10 Leadership Fellow, Bush Foundation; 2.17.2011; Morris, MN
    *shared during our monthly Stevens Forward meeting (Thursday, February 17th 2011)

    Below are some related resources relating to what was shared:

    Creating an age-friendly community, By Eric J. Monson Advocate Tribune Posted Feb 09, 2011 @ 05:02 PM
    “..His presentation covered the myths and realities of the coming baby boomer age wave and questioned whether communities would be properly able to handle a large percentage of their population entering varying types of senior care situations. Luce said that the baby boomer generation will enter retirement and senior living much different than what we’ve believed traditionally; working and staying in their own homes longer than previous generations. Luce shared national survey statistics that said over 50 percent of possible retirees ages 45-70 had thought of working during retirement and the same percentage had considered working part-time. Also, in Minnesota, 93 percent of baby boomers say they plan to continue living in their own home rather than renting space in senior living apartments, assisted living, nursing homes, or other residential senior care options….
    For aging communities, Luce’s predictions for the future looked bleak with budgets remaining tight, programs and services likely to continue to be cut. He said organizations will rely more heavily on volunteers and as baby boomers age in-home services and care will expand and employers will become more flexible in keeping seniors at work.
    Luce’s solution, for communities dealing with an aging population, is based on a community planning framework called “Communities for a Lifetime”, which is The MNLCOA initiative that became statewide legislation in 2009. The “Communities for a Lifetime” legislation, “provides a framework for communities to an infrastructure that will successfully serve the changing demographics of Minnesota,” as outlined by the MNLCOA.
    Luce said that cities and towns are on the front lines in their ability to sustain a high quality of life for all residents and should set a vision for age-friendly communities. He pointed out that “Communities for a Lifetime” initiatives and projects help older residents remain independent longer and helps maintain a community’s values. To begin creating an age-friendly community Luce recommended that a community begin to identify and map its assets, determine a community’s needs by conducting a community-wide focus group and prioritizing while selecting issues depending on their ability to engage and empower residents.”


    Other Resources:
    # Communities for a Lifetime, from Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA)

    “..Minnesota’s population is aging. In 2020, there will be more people over the age of 65 than children in school. By 2030, the Minnesota Department of Human Services expects that 1 in 4 people in Minnesota will be over the age of 65. [“Trading Places” from Star] This phenomenon is commonly characterized as “The Age Wave” as the population not only ages but people are also living longer.
    Communities throughout Minnesota and the nation are preparing for the aging of the baby boom generation through intentional planning initiatives often referred to as “communities for a lifetime.”..

    Aging: County-level demographic data from Minnesota Department of Human Services
    In Commons,
    “…brings Minnesotans together to solve problems and strengthen their communities. Create your profile today. Your knowledge and expertise can help others, who in turn can help you… Communities for a Lifetime,
    ” provides information, resources and assistance to people engaged in collaborative action to improve the quality of life in Minnesota communities for people of all ages and abilities.”

  3. Golf Course or Cornfield? You have the Power to Decide Morris
    March 3

    An 8 person committee has stepped up to champion the Morris Pomme de Terre golf course.

    The Save the Golf Course committee is preparing a cooperative business model to present to the community and PdT golf course members.

    Doug Stahman is a member of the committee. He says that having a golf course in your community promotes both economic and physical health.

    “Golf is one of two lifet time sports. We’ve heard from a number of people that say one of the reasons why they’ve retired in Morris is because there is a golf course here. There are companies in town here that tell perspective employees: ‘Hey we have a gold course here’ and that’s a big thing”, said Stahman.

    The committee formed soon after part owner Chris Leman announced to members last week that the golf course is closed and he and co-owners Joe and John Riley were looking to sell the property.

    There is a sense of urgency for the group due to a $600,000 offer that has already been made by a perspective buyer who would turn the 170 acres into farmland.

    Stahman said the pledge phase that will build a cooperative golf course business will begin with a community and member public meeting on Sunday.

    The committee will meet again tonight to work on the details of a serious counter bid. Stahman said the committee believes that with a decent initial capital investment they can reconcile income and expenses with a reasonable number of new members and only minimal increases in greens or membership fees.

    The public Save the Golf Course meeting will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Eagles in Morris.
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    PDT Golf Club pledge deadline Wednesday Published March 07, 2011, 09:14 AM

    More than 100 community members discussed a public purchase of the Pomme de Terre Golf Club on Sunday. Financial information was reviewed and a March 9 deadline for pledges was set. Pledge forms can be downloaded at and

    Community members interested in saving the Pomme de Terre Golf Club can pledge to buy shares in an attempt to make an offer to the owners of the 88-year-old course.

    About 110 people attended a fundraiser launch meeting Sunday night in Morris, and a financial overview and pledge information was discussed.

    Owners are asking $600,000 for the club and course, and there is an $88,000 loan for equipment. There are no other financial liabilities, said Doug Stahman, a member of the committee established to lead the purchase effort.

    “That gives us our goal,” he said.

    The share price was set at $1,000 and any number of shares can be purchased. The committee set a Wed., March 9 deadline for pledges, although no money needs to be paid at that time, Stahman said.

    Pledge forms can be found by clicking the Pomme de Terre Golf Club icon on the right side of the Info-Link homepage at, and on the Federated Telephone Web site at The pledge forms can be turned in at Willie’s Super Valu and the Eagles Club in Morris, or to any member of the committee: Rick Stark, Stahman, Scott Mundal, Mary Erholtz, Ken Keller, Ray Suess, Howard Jaeck and Paul Watzke. The committee states that information on the forms is confidential.

    “We don’t need money (by Wednesday) but we need to be able to say to the owners, ‘Yeah, we can make this work,’ ” Stahman said.

    The club announced Feb. 22 that new owners would be sought for the club. Members met Feb. 24 and found community interest is strong to keep the club open.

    Stahman said earlier that members have fielded calls from corporate officials and residents who want to invest in the club.

    “We wanted to see if there was even enough interest to go forward and we found a lot of interest,” Stahman said. “There’s interest among the members and there’s a lot of interest in the community.”

    However, Stahman said that the club will be closed if the current owners don’t receive an offer.

    “It’s not going to open if (the club members and community) don’t buy it,” Stahman said. “It’s just going to die.”

    The members believe the course is a solid community investment because the club in recent years was expanded to a full, 18-hole course, a new clubhouse built and other improvements were made, Stahman said.

    $500,000 Raised to Purchase Golf Course in Morris
    March 21

    The Pomme de Terre Golf Course Committee says the community is just $188,000 away from purchasing the 18 hole golf course.

    In less than one month concern for keeping the golf course open has generated enough money for the committee to reach an agreement in principle to purchase the golf course. A public meeting will be held tonight.

    There will be a public meeting tonight (Monday, March 21st) at 7:00pm at the Old No. 1 Southside on Atlantic Avenue in Morris.

    With Deal in Hand the Pomme de Terre Golf Course Steers Towards Operation Costs
    March 23

    With a deal in hand the Pomme de Terre Golf Course Committee moves steadily forward.

    The Pomme de Terre Golf Course Committee has negotiated a purchase of the golf course for $600,000 with owners John and Joe Riley and Chris Lehman paying off the the $88,000 equipment loan. In exchange for the loan relief new course will pay 25% of its profit to the former owners. The note will have no scheduled payments, is unsecured and has no call date according to a press release from the committee. Also included in the deal are outlots C and D, land that was previously designated future town home lots.

    Committee members say the pledge drive amount is just over $510,000 with a reserve of at least $50,000 but the fundraising isn’t finished, the committee needs to raise $140,000 in the next four days.

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