- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) - An item on the bucket list of a North Dakota woman who died in 9/11 is benefiting children with disabilities in her home state.

Item No. 7 on Ann Nelson’s list was to own a house in North Dakota. When her parents discovered the list in her computer after her death, a foundation began to raise money to open an adaptive ski lodge bearing her name.

This week, Annie’s House opened at the Bottineau Winter Park, in northern North Dakota, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1lgjYjo ) reported. The lodge is also expected to be a base for children who visit the area during the summer to fish and hike.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Mary Stammen with Friends of Annie’s House said of the opportunities with the lodge. “They are talking about doing a community garden up here this summer and holding social skills classes for kids with disabilities and having workshops for people who work with kids with disabilities. The list is so long, we don’t know how we are going to get it all in.”

Stammen told the newspaper that donations continue to be accepted for the lodge construction and to aid Friends of Annie’s House in operating the adaptive ski program.

“Not only do we need equipment, but kids who come up here ski for free,” she said.

The house became a project of the New York Says Thank You Foundation after Gary and Jenette Nelson, of Stanley, disclosed their daughter’s list. The foundation, which rallies volunteers to commemorate September 11 each year, and the winter park set a $1.5 million fundraising goal. The nonprofit also provided volunteer labor to help in the construction of the 11,500-square-foot facility.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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