Service of Commemoration

September 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Please Join Us:
Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 p.m.
The PioneerCare Original Campus
1006 Sheridan Street S, Fergus Falls

Special Message by the Reverend Laurie Natwick, Assistant to the Bishop of the ELCA Northwest Minnesota Synod

On October 7, 1928, area churches held special worship services to celebrate a new way of caring for elders and at 2:00 that afternoon, the first residents moved into Pioneer Home. Please join us as we commemorate that day, honor our past, and peer into the future.

Refreshments and self-guided tours will follow the service.

No RSVP necessary. Call 218.998.1500 with questions

The Twins are Back!

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


PioneerCare Center will host the Minnesota Twins Caravan on Thursday, January 26 in the Celebration Center and Garden Court. Breakfast begins serving at 8:30 AM and the program begins at 9:00 AM. Tickets are $5 in advance or $9 at the door and available only through Leighton Broadcasting. Seating is limited so advance ticket purchases are recommended. Proceeds benefit Fergus Falls Youth Baseball. Those representing the Twins include Jose Berrios, John Ryan Murphy, Dan Gladden and Bert Blyleven. Due to time constraints, no autographs will be available.

To purchase tickets, please visit the radio station at 728 Western Avenue North in Fergus Falls or call 218-736-7596. Sponsors include Leighton Broadcasting, Pemberton Law Firm, PioneerCare, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Premiere Meats and Seafood, Cass Clay and Coca-Cola.

Auxiliary Pie Sale

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

th_apple-pieThe Pioneer Auxiliary announces its ever-popular annual Holiday Pie Sale Fundraiser just in time for planning family get-togethers. Orders can be placed now by contacting an Auxiliary member or Liane at 218-998-1506. Or download and print the form from the link below and send it to PioneerCare Auxiliary along with your repayment.

Included are eight different varieties, plus apple turnovers that make a perfect addition to a morning brunch.

Click here for more details.

Apple Dumpling Day

September 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Calvin Johansen

Calvin Johansen

PioneerCare Auxiliary Hosts Fall Event

PioneerCare Auxiliary hosts its annual Apple Dumpling Day on Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM inside PioneerCare’s Celebration Center and Garden Court.

Guests who attend the fall celebration and fundraiser will enjoy apple dumplings and turnovers with their coffee or hot apple cider. Early Christmas shoppers may choose from books, jewelry, framed art prints, and a diverse collection of birdhouses built by Calvin Johansen and decorated by Char Dale and Laurie Whitehead. Those who stay until 4:00 PM will see whose name is drawn for the Auxiliary’s annual quilt raffle. This year’s “Bird’s Eye Quilt” was created by Linda Lee and quilted by Penny Miller.

All funds from the event directly benefit PioneerCare residents. More details are available by calling 218-998-1500.

Annual Quilt Raffle

July 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Quilt 2016Tickets are now available for Pioneer Auxiliary’s Annual Quilt Raffle. This year’s “Bird’s Eye Quilt” was created by Linda Lee and quilted by Penny Miller. The rich colors and beautiful design will fit into anyone’s home, but that will happen for only one lucky winner.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can be purchased from any PioneerCare volunteer or from the volunteer office. Drawing will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Apple Dumpling Event at PioneerCare Center. You need not be present to win. For details, email Liane or call 218.998.1500.


Funds raised through the raffle will go to directly benefit PioneerCare residents.


Art Show & Reception

September 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PioneerCare Hosts Art Reception Wednesday

Painting by Mildred a PioneerCare Center resident

Painting by Mildred, a PioneerCare Center resident

PioneerCare Center is hosting a Resident, Volunteer & Staff Art Show featuring more than 70 original paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, carvings, textiles such as quilts, weavings and needlework created by residents and their families, volunteers and staff of PioneerCare. The show will be on exhibit one week only from September 21-27.

A public reception and guided tours including Pioneer’s permanent art collection will be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The permanent collection contains more than 50 original works of local artists including several that were specially commissioned when the building first opened in 2011.

Details about the show are available by calling PioneerCare at 218-998-1500.

Apple Dumpling Day

August 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple-1PioneerCare Auxiliary will host its annual Apple Dumpling Day on Saturday, October 3 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All are welcome to attend the autumn celebration and fundraiser at PioneerCare Center. Guests will enjoy warm apple dumplings and shop for home grown produce, canned items, crafts and more. Quilt drawing to be held at 4:00 PM. More details are available by calling Liane at 218-998-1506.

Long Term Care Seminar

June 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Thrivent Financial and PioneerCare Foundation Hosting Long Term Care Seminar seniors-doing-paperwork

It’s a commonly known fact that very few of us adequately plan for needing help later in our lives.

Still, odds are high that someone in your family will need a nursing home sooner or later. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a majority of people over the age of 65 will require some type of long-term services and supports during their lifetime and over 40 percent of people will need a period of care in a nursing home.

PioneerCare Foundation and Thrivent Financial are partnering to present “Preparing for Long Term Care: A Gift Your Family Deserves” on Wednesday, June 25 in the Celebration Center at PioneerCare Center. Registration for the seminar begins at 6:30 pm with the program beginning at 7:00 pm.

Kurt Nygaard, Financial Consultant with Thrivent, and Dean Anderson, Product Strategist and LTC Specialist, will host the event. The seminar will focus on strategies to preserve independence, protect personal income and assets, and reassure family members about the future.

Attending the seminar is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. No products will be sold at the event.  To reserve a spot in the seminar, please RSVP by June 20 by contacting Kelsey Nygaard or Deb Krog at 218-998-2723.

Community Lenten Service

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

IMG_4507PioneerCare and area churches are collaborating to hold a Lenten worship service in PioneerCare’s Celebration Center on Wednesday, April 9.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Northwestern Minnesota Synod Bishop Larry Wohlrabe and Laurie Natwick, Assistant to the Bishop, will participate on behalf of the ELCA synod. Pioneer Chaplain Harry Olson will give a welcome on behalf of Pioneer.

The service is open to the public and will begin at 7:00 p.m. PioneerCare Center is located at 1131 South Mabelle Avenue in Fergus Falls. Details are available by calling Pioneer at 218-998-1500.


Luther College to Perform in Fergus

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Proceeds Will Support Pioneer Foundation’s Chapel Challenge

The Luther College Concert Band of Decorah, Iowa, will perform at the Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The concert, part of the band’s touring schedule, invites the community to enjoy an outstanding musical performance and at the same time, support Pioneer’s Celebration Center and Chapel.

Luther College Concert Band

The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, beginning the college’s long-standing tradition of band excellence. Directed by Dr. Joan deAlbuquerque, Concert Band is one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country’s outstanding college bands.

The band was recently selected from a deep pool of applicants to perform at the 2014 North Central Regional Conference of the College Band Director’s National Association in Muncie, Indiana. This honor follows an invitation to perform at the 2013 Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference in Des Moines and an international tour to Iceland and Norway.

From its beginnings as a student-directed brass and percussion ensemble formed with instruments from a discontinued community band, Concert Band rose to its current position of prestige with deAlbuquerque through the multi-decade directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011). The ensemble is rich in tradition, most apparent through the inclusion of the selections Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just and Stars and Stripes Forever at the end of almost every concert.

Throughout its 135-year history, Concert Band has enjoyed unrivaled performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years.

Joan deAlbuquerque

Joan deAlbuquerque was appointed director of bands at Luther College in 2011 where she also conducts the Luther College Concert Band, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, and teaches conducting. Prior to Luther College, deAlbuquerque served as the associate director of bands at California State University, Long Beach and as interim director of bands at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. An experience public school teacher, she was director of bands at Pinckney High School in Michigan, where she directed the wind symphony and marching band in addition to teaching instrumental and general music at the elementary and middle school levels.

Dr. deAlbuquerque earned her doctor of music arts degree in wind conducting from the University of North Texas as a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. She holds a master of music degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University, where she studied with John Whitwell. A graduate of Macomb Community College, deAlbuqerque earned a bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University.

As a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, deAlbuquerque has worked with middle school and high school bands in Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Israel. She has presented clinics and workshops for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and Tau Beta Sigma, and has conducted at conferences for the SCSBOA, California Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association national conference (CBDNA), the Music Educators National Conference, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA).

Professor deAlbuquerque is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, published by GIA Publications and has also written for the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Bet Sigma publication, The Podium. She is on the board of the Northeast Iowa Bandmasters Association as the college affairs representative and is a member of IBA, CBDNA, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and Tau Beta Sigma. From 2008-11, she was on the national board of Tau Beta Sigma as vice president of professional relations.

About PioneerCare

PioneerCare has a proud tradition of serving older adults from all faith communities. Christian faith has been at the center of Pioneer since its founding in 1928. Pioneer’s longstanding mission expresses it best: “to promote quality of life in a Christ-like way for those we serve by providing diverse and holistic care focusing on individual dignity and worth.”

Located in the center of PioneerCare’s building, the chapel and celebration center provides a permanent symbol of Pioneer’s mission and service. The space is available to persons and gatherings of all faiths and to the wider community.

The concert is the third such event hosted by the Pioneer Foundation and Fergus Falls ELCA churches in support of the Celebration Center and Chapel. The event is part of the Chapel Challenge, an effort to raise $250,000 goal by Pioneer’s sponsoring congregations of Augustana, Bethlehem, First, Hope and Zion Lutheran Churches in Fergus Falls.

All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for the Luther College concert will go towards the Chapel Challenge. Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students and available at PioneerCare Center, Victor Lundeen Company, at the door, or online at There is an additional $2 fee for online ticket purchases.


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