Letter: Jon Nelson represents rural North Dakota
Jon Nelson, a District 14 Representative and member of the ND Appropriations Committee, Human Services Budget section, is a community-minded leader who works hard for rural North Dakota.
Throughout the last two sessions, Jon went above and beyond to provide support for the Annie’s House Adaptive Recreation Program at Bottineau Winter Park. Working with the Human Services Budget, he secured a North Dakota legislative grant in back-to-back terms for needed adaptive ski equipment and startup funding for a full time Adaptive Program Director to oversee the program and to bring experience and resources from Anne Carlson Center.
Jon also supported ongoing fundraising and personally supported legislation that provided Annie’s House with a 2016 Elk Tag that is used in a fund-raising raffle. This Elk Tag may bring in over $50,000 that is will be used to purchase additional adaptive equipment and continue to fund the adaptive recreational program.
In addition, Jon increased the visibility of Annie’s House and the need for recreational programming by bringing important North Dakota leaders to tour the facility.
Jon’s efforts have left a significant mark on the growth of adaptive recreational activities and the importance of including all of North Dakota citizens to include children and adults with disabilities and veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities as part of our everyday community.
Direct results from Jon’s efforts include adaptive year round recreational activities for 300 plus individuals since the program started, consisting of veterans and children and adults with special needs.
We support Jon and his continued representation for District 14 and the state of North Dakota.
Larry and Mona Marchus
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