‘Foundation building’ at Shetek Lutheran Ministries

An artist’s rendition of the new adult/youth lodge at Shetek Lutheran Ministries.

SLM ready to break ground soon on adult/youth lodge

By Per Peterson

Tucked between the waters of one of the largest bodies of water in southern Minnesota, Shetek Lutheran Ministries has grown to become arguably the most popular campground in the entire state. And it’s about to get even better.

At 2 p.m. on May 23, Shetek Lutheran Ministries will break ground on a more than 3,200-square foot adult/youth lodge. The project, which also includes the addition of two new year-round cabins, is the centerpiece of a multi-phase plan that will drastically change the landscape at the camp.

“This is kind of a long time coming,” said Marv Nysetvold, executive director at SLM. “I feel like we had to make sure that we had constituents and board members on the same path, because this was a process. “We are building on over 70 years of ministry and preparing for the next 70 or more years of ministry at Shetek.”

Nysetvold said facility upgrades are needed, as cabins are about 80 years old, but also because the public’s expectations have changed over the years.

“We would hear feedback from campers and parents about the cabins, and mostly it’s not a big deal because all they do is sleep in there, but if we wanted to do more year-round programming, then we do need more winterized facilities,” Nysetvold said. “All the new construction will all be winterized.

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