Milaca-native Henry C. “Bud” Wessman has been re-appointed to the Elim Care Corporate Board of Directors and Elim Care Foundation Board. Wessman previously served on the Elim Care Board from 1981-84, and again from 2004-2009.
Wessman is a former Mayor of Grand Forks, N.D.,former director of human services for the state of North Dakota, professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and retired federal administrative j
Elim Care was established in 1927 as an outreach of the North Central District of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). The initial facility was located in Princeton. Elim Care and Rehab Center, Caley House, and Elim Oasis Adult Day Health Center in Princeton and Elim Care and Rehab Center and Country Meadows in Milaca are part of the Elim Care family of senior care communities.
Elim Care is headquartered in Eden Prairie and employs over 2300 professionals in the three-state area of Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
According to Wessman, the fact that Elim Care has “Mille Lacs County” roots is one reason why he continues to be of service to the organization.
“I grew up in Milaca, I remember riding with my parents from Milaca down to Princeton to visit the original Elim facility – that was back in the late 1940’s, when my Uncle George Wessman, was the interim “caretaker” of Elim Princeton – those visits had an impact on me, even at age 11 or so, and the concept of congregate care for seniors interested me then, as it does now, 65 years later”, Wessman said.
Wessman and his wife Lorraine reside in Fargo. Both Bud and Lorraine (Johnson) are 1955 graduates of Milaca High School.
In addition to Wessman, the Mille Lacs County area is also represented on the Elim Care Board by former Minnesota State Senator and current Public Utilities Commissioner Betsy Wergin of Princeton.