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Lodge, pub, fitness center finally breaks ground in Bowman

August 15, 2014

By BRYCE MARTIN | Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

The wait is finally over, Bowman.

After more than a year of delays, construction crews broke ground last week at the site of the new Bowman Lodge on Highway 12.

Not only will it host the site of the lodge, but also the new ambulance garage after Southwest Healthcare and the Bowman Rural Ambulance District joined forces with the lodge’s constructors.

Previously planned for construction adjacent to the City of Bowman Police Department, the ambulance garage now will stand atop the former site of L&L Service.

The entire construction project began with the demolition of the former L&L Service station last week at the property’s north entrance. L&L Service, which was owned by Steve Beylund, closed several years ago.

The site was selected for the ambulance garage because it was felt to be a better location than next to the police department, according to Southwest Healthcare CEO Becky Hansen. Being positioned next to Highway 12 would allow easier and safer entrances and exits for emergency vehicles and add a bit quicker response time.

The Bowman County Rural Ambulance District will own the lot and the building. Southwest Healthcare will continue to contract with the district to provide ambulance services, serving as owner of Bowman Ambulance.

Bowman Lodge acquired L&L with the understanding that the ambulance board would purchase a certain portion of the land, according to Doug Peterson, a developer with Northwest Farm and Home Supply of Lemmon, S.D.

Studies were completed by the Environmental Protection Agency to determine if the land was usable following years of oil dumping at the site. It cleared all assessments.

“We gained a longer lot,” Hansen said of the new site. She explained that the new garage should be completed sometime in the late spring.

“I just think the collaboration is a really good thing for the community,” she added, offering her gratitude to the city of Bowman and Bowman County for its role in securing a new ambulance garage location.

Bowman Lodge has a targeted opening of March 1, according to Peterson.

He had the idea to build the hotel in Bowman after his company completed a similar project in their hometown in 2009.

Two big components of the hotel are a western-themed pub, called Grazers, and a 3,600-square-foot fitness center.

Jennifer Wade of Bowman made arrangements earlier this year to relocate her existing fitness training business, Prairie Fitness, into the larger space. Once opened, it will then become a 24-hour fitness “key club” for the public and the hotel’s guests, while continuing Wade’s personal training efforts. A separate entrance will lead into the gym.

Bowman Lodge will be a 50-room upscale hotel, with six executive suites. It will have banquet facilities for approximately 330 people and an indoor pool. It will span two stories and approximately 27,000 square feet.

Northwest Farm and Home Supply is serving as the developer and lead contractor for the project, with an LLC organization composed of numerous investors – some local and some out of the area – that would own the hotel.

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