- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota city has started construction on a $6.5 million wellness center.

The Beulah Wellness Center, which is expected to open next year, will offer a gym, a walking track, cardio equipment, weight-lifting facilities, wellness-lifestyle classroom areas, a kitchen and racquetball courts, The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2orFttu ) reported.

“We’re planning to have before- and after-school programs for kids and hopefully parents,” Brandi Tolosky, instructor for Beulah’s recreation and wellness programs, said. “We’ll be doing some out-of-the-box marketing with different activities.”

Park board president Robby Volk said the center has been in the planning stages for several years and that the project took off after residents approved a dedicated half-cent sales tax in 2014.

Maverick Thompson, president of the center’s foundation, said the facility aims to help the city’s residents be sustainable, healthy and engaged.

“This is not just a gym; it’s a lifestyle change for our community,” Thompson said.

The center will be located on land that housed a crew camp for hundreds of workers during construction of the Dakota Gasification Co. synthetic gas plant in the 1980s.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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