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Special assembly today at ACC

At 1:30 p.m. today, a special assembly will be held in the Anne Carlsen Center auditorium previewing the launch of Annie’s House, a new facility designed to accommodate the needs of skiers with both physical and cognitive disabilities from across North Dakota.

The project is inspired by Ann Nicole Nelson, who was working on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center when the towers collapsed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Upon reviewing her personal computer after her death, the discovery of a “bucket list” gave life to this new visitor center that replaces the existing chalet at Bottineau Winter Park. In addition to providing the equipment and staff to empower skiers with physical and cognitive disabilities, Annie’s House also offers adaptive ski equipment and programs for wounded warriors who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, challenged with physical disabilities resulting from amputation and traumatic brain injury.

The public is encouraged to attend this special presentation and meet Nelson’s parents and loved ones, as well as people who have given countless number of volunteer hours to make this a success.