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June 20, 2018 Lone Tree Wellness Center now open
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Temperatures on Monday were well into the 90s, but despite the heat, a sizable crowd turned out for the grand opening of Lone Tree’s Wellness Center.

People showed up with children in tow. Others came representing their organizations. Russ and Laurie Forbes from the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jon Green and city council members Ryan Ronan and Ruby Dickey, state Rep. Amy Nielsen and Rod Sullivan and Lisa Green-Douglas, Johnson County Board of Supervisors, all were there, and others too numerous to count.

People began arriving well before the opening, and most headed inside where it was air-conditioned and cookies and lemonade awaited. The entryway was decorated with dozens of brightly colored balloons, and people were free to wander, which many did, heading upstairs to the bright yellow indoor track and the weight and cardio rooms.

At 5 p.m., the formal part of the late afternoon gathering began. Everyone headed outside for speeches and a ribbon cutting. There were three speeches, one each given by Superintendent Ken Crawford, retired superintendent Michael Reeves and school board president Sheila Burr.

Crawford opened the ceremony saying, “When people walk in here, all I’ve heard is ‘Wow, this is incredible.’ I think it’s overlooked a lot of times, but people in small town Iowa can do these kinds of projects.” He added that “this was a true community effort.”

Reeves echoed this sentiment. The Center began several years ago as a series of conversations about the need for something like this until coaches Tom Dickey and Tom Squiers took these conversations and developed the concept of a facility that could be used by the entire community. Reeves is often given credit for the Center, but he said there were “so many people who were involved; so many people to thank.”

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