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Lighthouse grows to help seniors live vividly

The Lighthouse of Superior announced plans for an expansion later this year.

Officials from the Lighthouse of Superior held a groundbreaking Tuesday for its assisted living expansion.

“We are extremely excited, and the residents are ecstatic as well,” said Colleen Morgan, executive director of Lighthouse of Superior. “We have more seniors who need a place to live. This expansion comes with a lot of new rooms and amenities.”

The Lighthouse of Superior opened in October 2010 to provide assisted living and memory care near Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital, Superior.

Officials plan to create a 32-unit expansion, which will feature new studio and one- and two-bedroom living quarters. In addition, seniors can expect a warm water therapy pool that will allow residents to develop their strength and flexibility, a bistro open to residents and the public, an art room, a wood workshop for men and an expanded fitness center that includes equipment from Biodex, which will improve the member’s strength, balance and pace.

“It’s like a five-star hotel for the residents that live here,” Mayor Bruce Hagen said. “There are better amenities here compared to amenities at hotels around the world.”

This new section of the Lighthouse will be called the “vivid living” section. The goal is to inspire seniors to “live life on purpose” and incorporate four pillars into their lives — physical fitness, brain fitness, nutrition, and social and spiritual activity. The Lighthouse officials said this is vital because all seniors deserve attentive, personalized and respectful care that encourages living and aging with pride.

“What’s most exciting to us is that our new addition gives us the ability to provide even greater resources to seniors, including our Vivid Living approach to assisted living,” said Todd Novaczyk, New Perspective chief executive officer. “The cornerstones of this program are the Vivid Living Coordinator and Life Coaches who create, assist and monitor resident engagement in the activities proven to help seniors feel physically and mentally vibrant.” This addition is anticipated to create 125 construction jobs such as cement importers, cabinet installers and general contractor jobs as well as a dozen new full-time staff positions in nursing, dining staff and caregiving. This is one more addition to show there are many positive things are going on in this community, said Dave Minor, president and CEO of the Chamber of Superior-Douglas County.

“We are so thankful for the people that make all of this happen behind the scenes,” Minor said. “The seniors definitely need something like this in the community.”

Officials said they hope to complete the new addition in time for the holidays.

“A Thanksgiving opening would be ideal,” Minor said. “We want residents and family members to be able to relax around the holidays.”

To learn more about the expansion or to track the construction process, visit