Napoleon Homestead News

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April 28, 2021

Ground Breaking To Be Held Friday For New Wentz Living Center

By Terry Schwartzenberger

“Giving Back To The Community.” Those are words of the new Wentz Living Center Developer Bryan Wentz, Bismarck.

Ground breaking for a new, built from the ground up, $12 million nursing home/assisted living complex will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30 at 555 East Lake Avenue in Napoleon. When finished, the furnished building will be turned over to the current Napoleon Care Center non-profit group.

Wentz said his ancestors, the John Wentz Sr. family immigrated to the flat area east of Napoleon in 1890. “Those folks had it rough. No running water or bathrooms, living in a one room sod house heated by buffalo droppings,” said Wentz. From the flat area the families moved to Napoleon in about 1936 and many of them started local businesses with the Wentz name.

While thinking about Napoleon, Wentz said the current generation of Wentz family members would like to leave something for people who came before us. “The Adam Wentz family wanted to do something moving forward,” said Bryan, a 1981 Napoleon High School graduate, who married his high school sweetheart Annette Wolf, a 1980 NHS graduate. “This complex will be a tribute to our ancestors and will be something that will be here for another 100 years,” said Mr. Wentz. 

“We were looking for something to do to help the community, said Wentz. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck they floated the idea of building a new nursing home/assisted living complex in Napoleon.” 

Wentz noted talks first centered around remodeling the current care center, which would need a variety of upgrades including a better air handling system, going to private rooms, along with other improvements and then you would still have an older facility which was originally built in 1964. 

Thus, the idea to construct a new state of the art facility at a new location was floated. Upon searching possible locations for a new facility, it was decided to acquire roughly 25 acres of land along Lake Avenue southeast edge of Napoleon which was owned by the . . .

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