Fond du Lac band breaks ground for clinic expansion

Fond du Lac Chairman Kevin Dupuis was among tribal dignitaries who broke ground Friday for an expansion of the Min No Aya Win Human Services Center at the band's reservation near Cloquet.

Members of the Fund du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa broke ground Friday for a $9.4 million expansion of the Min No Aya Win Human Services Center in Cloquet.

“Fond du Lac as come a very long way with this expansion,” said Tribal Chairman Kevin Dupuis. It will add 25,000 square feet to the existing clinic, which is 30 years old, added Ferdinand Martineau, who has worked to establish and expand the facility for three decades. “It’s been just a godsend to our reservation and the Indian community in general,” Martineau said, greatly improving the health of patients.

Beyond the clinic, which will expand behavioral health and dental services, space for 144 additional vehicles will be added. Meyer Group designed the structure and Max Gray Construction is the general contractor.

It’s the second clinic investment the band has recently made in the region. Soon to be completed is the $15 million Center for American Indian Resources structure on West Fourth Street in downtown Duluth.