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Poston sees possibilities for the former Clarissa school building


by Karin L. Nauber

State Representative John Poston made a visit to the former Clarissa school building on Thursday, July 25 and appeared very surprised and pleased with what he saw inside.

Touring the building along with Poston were Clarissa Mayor Bob Gamache and his wife Barb, City Clerk Sue Kent and Reporter Karin L. Nauber.

Several times throughout the tour, Poston commented on the exceptional condition of the building.

“I am shocked that it is in such nice shape,” Poston said when he entered the gymnasium.

Poston asked many questions and offered several thoughts on options for the former school building with two possible suggestions on entities that are looking to expand who could utilize the building—the Eagles Healing Nest and the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MATC).

Poston, who volunteers at a men’s facility for the MATC, said they are in need of a women’s facility.

According to their website, “for over 30 years, Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug, alcohol, and other life-controlling addictions by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.”

Their programs are 12 to 13 months in duration and are inpatient.

Poston said that he could envision many of the classrooms becoming dorm rooms for the participants, many of whom would likely bring their children to stay with them at the facility.

He said that a group like MATC are good neighbors and because there would be job opportunities, there would be an economic impact for the city, as well. . . .

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