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February 2021

road trip: life happens here!

By Lisa Anteau

Recently, our President Nate and I had the opportunity to visit Greenhouse Village Cooperative in Roseville, MN.

a f e s t i v e g r e e t i n g

We pulled into the cooperative and the first thing we noticed was the perfectly cleared walking paths that surrounded the building. Festive red bows, wreaths and garland hung from the balconies of several of the residences; it was after all, just a few days after Christmas.

We were given a warm welcome by the property manager, Jeff, who not only manages GVC today, but helped build it 15 years ago. We have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with respected members of the cooperative community like Jeff, who possess not only experience and knowledge, but who are true champions of the cooperative lifestyle.

S o w h a t e x a c t l y i s a c o - o p l i f e s t y l e ?

On the surface, the building we walked into that day looked much like I would have expected it to – security features, tastefully decorated and a full complement of amenities and community spaces.

But these things don’t fully capture the essence of what the cooperative lifestyle is really about, and I think Jeff summed it up perfectly when he said, “there’s LIFE here”.

A pattern began to emerge as we moved through the day. I ran my fingers along the bookshelves in the library and complimented how well they fit the room. We learned that they were made by men from the cooperative who were clearly very skilled woodworkers. Those same shelves were filled with books of all kinds; contributed for all to use by the people who live there. A glittery sign that said, “The Rebels” surrounded by a group of instruments caught my eye in one of the community spaces, and later helped explain the sounds of music filling the area where several groups had gathered to share coffee and pastries.

a h i d d e n t r e a s u r e

I found myself drawn to a small window and door that was underneath a staircase on the first floor. On it, an artist had painted a mural of birch trees with bright green leaves and a nest with vivid blue eggs. Although I had to crouch down, the temptation was too great to resist, so I ventured inside and to my surprise I found a treasure trove i n t h i s i s s u e

Road Trip:

Life Happens Here! . . . 1 Connecting Safely

During Covid-19 . . . 3 Happy Galentine’s Day . . . 3 Model Feature: The Bluebird . . . . 4 A Catch of Blue . . . 5 Reservation Agreement . . . 6 Staff Spotlight on Peggy Hall . . . . 7 3D Renderings Coming Soon . . . . 7 Quick Notes. . . 8


(855) 472-2396 info@gracewinliving.com


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road trip: Life Happens Here! continued . . . of toys! “This is where the grandkids

like to play”, Jeff remarked (and some adults too it appears). The artist, as you may have guessed, lived at the cooperative.

There were countless other examples of talents and connections as we walked through the building. A display case featured a fully-functioning model train built by several members, a gargantuan lacquered puzzle of an English garden proudly on display on the wall that took weeks to conquer, and the wood shop, which featured an incredibly impressive set of tools - thanks to several members who added to the existing inventory to benefit the whole community. Everywhere we turned, there were examples of a community that worked together, played together, and contributed for the benefit of one another.

On a small bulletin board I found myself reading a heartfelt thank you and an obituary that were on display. It told the story of a woman who moved into the cooperative 14 years earlier, and shared how thoroughly she and her husband enjoyed the many events and activities, casino trips and wonderful new friendships. It was amazing to read that she celebrated her 90th birthday with 90 friends before her passing. Despite myself, I couldn’t help but smile thinking of what a party that must have been.

a c u l t u r e e m e r g e s

What I learned about the cooperative lifestyle that day in December is that at its core, it’s about the people. In the absence of a landlord or a corporate brand, a culture emerges that is a reflection of the owners that

live within it, and it glows with their interests and talents. Even more, it is a reflection of their collective desire to live on their own terms, and create a place where there is LIFE for all.

r e c o g n i z i n g o u r f o u n d i n g m e m b e r s

In celebration of this, at Gracewin Living we’ve made the decision to incorporate a Founder’s Stone into the permanent facade of the cooperative building. This stone will commemorate not only the year that the cooperative was built, but also the initial group of owners; who will be as much a part of the cooperative as the building materials used to create it.

To learn how to become a Founder, contact us at (855) 472-2396 or visit www.gracewinliving.com.


to indulge in a bit of self-care we may not otherwise prioritize. On Feb. 13th, I’ll be celebrating the extraordinary group of strong, smart women that I’m grateful to count as friends.

Who are your Galentines?

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Your safety is our top priority in everything we do!

We cannot wait until COVID-19 becomes a thing of the past, but until then, there are a variety of ways we can still stay in touch safely and address any questions you may have. • Subscribe to our monthly

newsletter! Stay up to date with new developments, the sales and construction progress, and more. • Join us for a Zoom virtual meeting

Connecting Safely during covid-19

Happy Galentine’s Day?

As many gear up to celebrate those

they love on Valentine’s Day; there is another holiday that has been gaining momentum. Galentine’s Day has made its official debut in the greeting card section at Target.

Whoa. Things just got real.

One of my dearest friends, Jodi, introduced this holiday to me by surprising me with an unexpected delivery of fresh flowers and a thoughtful note. For fans of the popular TV show, Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day may not be a new concept for you, since the sitcom is widely credited with its origination. Several episodes highlight how the women leave their husbands and boyfriends at home and head for a flower-laden table at a local restaurant where they exchange gifts and “ladies celebrate ladies”. As women, we are genetically wired as caregivers. This trait can be so strong at times, that it can come at the expense of care to ourselves. It seems right to have a day where the focus is on supporting and lifting each other up. This doesn’t need to come in the form of flowers and gifts; and can be as simple as a phone call or text message with a few words of appreciation. This can even be a day from the comfort of your own home. Never used Zoom before? No worries – we can help you through the process.

• Visit our new office on Tuesdays from 9am - 5pm for a one to one meeting during walk-in hours. (Other days are available by appointment). We will wear a mask, practice social distancing, and have hand sanitizer available. • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram

and/or Twitter (@gracewinliving).

• Email us your questions anytime at info@gracewinliving.com.

• Visit our website to learn more or find answers to common questions at www.gracewinliving.com. • Drop a note in the mail to 700 Main

Avenue, Fargo, ND 58103.

• Or, better yet, give us a call toll-free at (855) 472-2396.


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model feature: the bluebird

By Christine Zrust

Choices, choices, choices! Moving into a new development can be very exciting, but it can also raise so many questions when you begin to assess how each option can affect the way you live every day.

At Gracewin, we delight in knowing our share owners have choices to support their individual priorities. While we are working to incorporate the latest housing design trends and finishing styles, we also recognize that the lifestyle you lead decides the flow and layout you will choose. Last month, we highlighted our 1,354 sq. ft. Warbler unit, the largest floor plan at Gracewin. This month, we move towards the other end of the spectrum to highlight other options.

l i v e a n d w o r k i n T h e b l u e b i r d

The Bluebird is a two bedroom, two bathroom layout totaling 1,145 sq. ft. This floor plan is located at the ends of the building and represents the highest number (12) available for prospective owners.

There are two reach-in closets near the entrance - one to serve coats for welcoming guests and the other which could be used as a pantry or for housekeeping storage. If you have grandchildren who love to cook with you, then Bluebird’s u-shaped kitchen is perfect with lots of room for turnaround or even a learning tower for toddlers. There is a breakfast counter perfect for casual conversation and an open concept view into the living room space or outwards to the patio.

When it comes time to retire for the day, rest peacefully in your master bedroom and en-suite bath. In the morning you will be greeted by a welcoming sun from several windows bringing in the daylight. As you get ready to step into the world, your things are organized in the sizable walk-in closet with sliding barn door. In this unique time more and more people are working from home. With the COVID vaccine en route and businesses slowly opening back up, the reality is that the way we work may be changed forever thanks to Zoom. If you are one of many who now has this option, you may be interested in turning the second bedroom into a functional home office.

This office space (or guest bedroom) is set apart from the active living areas to give you space to focus and

be productive. It also has a walk-in closet for lots of storage, plus a separate bathroom right next door. When the days are too beautiful to sit at your desk, take your calls out on the balcony and enjoy the fresh weather. (Or, relax with a glass of wine and watch the sun set after the work day is done.)

P l a n y o u r m o v e

To see how your current space sizes compare in this residence:

space size Master Bedroom 11’2” x 13’6” Second Bedroom 10’6” x 14’x2” Living Room 12’0” x 14’10” Laundry Room 6’2” x 7’6” Deck 6’8” x 11’7”


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f i n i s h i n g c h o i c e s

Those who contract their residence prior to the start of construction will have the opportunity to select design finishes in their new home. These finishing packages include kitchen and bath cabinets, counter tops, flooring, lighting, and fixtures that will make you feel right at home from day one. Best yet . . . the cost of personalization is already included in your price!

h o w d o e s c o - o p l i v i n g w o r k ?

At Gracewin, you are not a real estate holder, but rather a share owner in the Gracewin Living Cooperative. Members of the cooperative share everything equally: the building and property, the master mortgage, and equal voting rights. To join Gracewin, you will pay a share price, which includes the residence you will live in, as well as all-inclusive monthly fees which includes your share of the mortgage, property taxes, utilities, and expenses.

This cooperative structure offers flexibility for residents to tailor their payments to their own unique financial situations. With three options available, share owners can choose between a lower down- payment or a lower monthly fee, as illustrated below.


OPTION A $ 107,630 $ 1,260

OPTION B $ 172,208 $ 956

OPTION C $ 215,260 $ 708

Costs shown are estimates and are subject to change. The monthly fee will be adjusted annually based on actual expenses incurred.

r e s e r v e y o u r n e w h o m e t o d a y !

Don’t miss this opportunity to claim a Bluebird residence for your own. Commit your interest and be placed on the priority list to choose your favorite unit plan. How?

Simply complete the form found on the next page and return to us with the fully refundable $500 deposit. When construction is ready to start, you will be among the first in line to select your home model and complete the process to becoming a cooperative shareholder.

The housing market for active aging adults continues to change with every generation. This is YOUR opportunity to voice how you want to live and to make it your own!

W a n t t o l e a r n m o r e ?

Give us a call at (855) 472-2396 to speak with our sales staff or schedule an appointment in our Thief River Falls office.

Want to see other models available or learn more about cooperative living? Go to www.gracewinliving.com.

a catch of blue

When we see the striking azure colors of the bluebird flying in the open sky, it is a sight to behold - even more against the white of winter. Breathtaking for its color, the symbol of a bluebird as the harbinger of happiness is found in many cultures and dates back thousands of years.

Revered for its characteristic song, they are a living personification of happiness, embodying a sense of love, harmony, and admiration.

When a bluebird flies as your spirit animal, it is time to live in joy. As a totem, it belongs to those who appreciate blessings, and as a power animal it can be invoked when you want to feel childlike and carefree.

As long as we have bluebirds, we can expect continuous happiness. Therefore, rest easy. You will enjoy and cherish the moments you spend in Gracewin’s own bluebird.


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r e s e r v a t i o n a g r e e m e n t

I/we hereby deposit $500.00 to be placed on the priority list, based on the date of receipt, for the selection of a cooperative unit and membership in Gracewin Cooperative Living of Thief River Falls, MN. This amount will be applied to the required down payment at the time of purchase. I/we understand and agree that in the event I/we are not ready to purchase shares when they are made available, I/we will have an option to keep the priority reservation in place while allowing others to select a home before me. In the event all available shares are sold out, I/we would then have the opportunity to join the Gracewin Cooperative waiting list.

This is not an agreement to complete further membership requirements, and I/we understand that further qualifications will be required before shareholder membership is fully approved. This reservation agreement can be canceled by either party in writing, upon which the deposit will be fully refunded and priority reservation will be relinquished.





MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Gracewin Cooperative Living C/O Nile, Inc.

700 Main Avenue | Fargo, ND 58103 HAVE QUESTIONS?

Lisa Anteau, Head of Sales & Marketing lisa@gracewinliving.com • (855) 472-2396


Reservation # Date Received Received by Check #









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3 d r e n d e r i n g s c o m i n g s o o n !

The finishing packages are defined and soon the architectural team will debut new 3D renderings of all the residences available at Gracewin Thief River Falls!

So, like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gracewinliving) or visit our website (www.gracewinliving.com) in March to see this exciting new way to visualize your new home at Gracewin.

Over the past few weeks, Gracewin’s architectural team has been hard at work preparing new renderings of unit layouts and finishes coming to the Thief River Falls development. These three dimensional views present a great way for prospective owners to see and feel the layout of their future home and make decisions on the finishes they would like to wake up to.

An important person in this process is our architectural drafter, who is a driving force in this work. And so, today, we are happy to introduce:

Peggy hall

Revit/AutoCAD Technician Peggy has over 25+ years of experience in drafting and technical design and is responsible for the completion of construction design documents and specifications. Prior to joining Gracewin and its parent company, Nile, Peggy served as a project manager in drafting for McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Peggy has an A.A.S. degree from St. Paul Technical College in Architectural Engineering.

peggy’s Family Life

Peggy has two wonderful daughters, one of whom is in the military, along with one wonderful daughter-in-law and a menagerie of critters.

Best Part of her job

When we enter the stage of a project that the architect passes it off to me and says run with it!

what’s on her bucket list? Bucket list-schmucket list… I do what I want now!

who has most influenced her in her work

My mom. No matter the amount of work, she just dug in, chipped away and did her best.

advice she’d give her teenage self

Take more chances and step out of your comfort zone. What’s the worst that can happen?


Easy... too many to track, ha ha! My top two these days are crocheting and defining my family genealogy. One branch is traceable back 24 generations to 1100 A.D.!

Staff Spotlight

favorite quote

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.” - Mother Teresa biggest time commitment that is absolutely worth it Girl Scouts. I have been a troupe leader for many years and for many, many, MANY boxes of cookies! I have met a lot of great people and learned as much as I have taught them. I am doing my part in helping the next generation of women.

Aspirations as a child To be an architect. . . Imagine that! Give her an unlimited supply of this for life Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Ice Cream


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We’d love to see you!

Our new sales office is now open for walk-in hours every Tuesday from 9am-5pm at 102 Main Ave N, Suite 115 in Thief River Falls. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about cooperative living, learn about payment options, and meet Lisa Anteau who will be guiding you through the sales process.

Milestone report

This month we opened our new sales office in TRF to numerous prospective owners walking in to learn more. As we continue our advertising, we appreciate the positive word-of-mouth that many of you are providing as we build this community of neighbors. Let’s keep the positive momentum going!


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