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Area church getting a new look

By Staff | Mar 27, 2015

The ­Little Flower Church sanctuary is currently under construction and refurbishing.

(The following appeared in the March 21 edition of the Tribune.)

The Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby is undergoing an interior overhaul.

“There’s lots of work being done,” said Fr. Tom Graner. “Overall I’d say we’re very pleased with how things are coming together.”

Henning Church & Historical Restoration, of Forest Lake, Minn., has been the lead contractor in the remodel of the sanctuary. Church parishioners have helped in the remodeling efforts, as have local volunteers and businesses. Midwest Technologies has also revamped the church’s audio systems particularly for parishioners with hearing aids.

But work is still far from over.

Graner said the flooring is still incomplete, and Easter and a wedding are nigh.

“I hope we’re ready for that, and so do the bride, groom and the father of the bride,” Graner said.

St. Michel Furniture and Floor Coverings will bring in and install carpeting.

In the interim, services have been held in the parish hall; daily masses and eucharistic adoration have been held in the former Only Deals building on Main Avenue in Rugby; and funerals have been held in the parish hall as well as at Catholic churches in Balta and Towner.

Interior renovations are expected to cost $450,000, according to Graner, however the complete project is expected to cost over $1 million.

RENOVATION BEGINNINGS

The process of renovating the church began in 2008 with initial planning, and fundraising occurring shortly after. After that, new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems were installed, as were storm windows and duct coating. The renovations then hit a snag when the roof was replaced.

“It was a good plan that’s taken a while to come to fruition,” Graner said. “But people have been supportive of the process and so far the comments that we get back have been positive.

“I’ve had one person who had gone south for the winter and came back. He looked around after the scaffolding had been taken down and said, ‘Eh, it’s my church.’ I knew we were going to do some updating and were going to change radically, but it hasn’t changed radically. It’s our church.'”

The church was first renovated in 1982 by Louis DeNardo & Associates out of St. Paul. The DeNardo Firm was involved in the original construction of the church in 1928-29.

Progress on the renovation, as well as photos, can be seen on the church’s Facebook page.

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