Excitement is Building Everyday at the Historic Butler Building!

The Butler Building offers unique venue options for community events, family reunions, spectacular weddings, corporate events... the list goes on and on. Below are highlighted events in the Aitkin community as well as featured events at the Butler Building. Stop by to visit our local businesses and see what is happening at the Butler Building!

Learn About Skin Cancer at Riverwood Healthcare Center

May 5th is Melanoma Monday with a goal of raising awareness about an aggressive form of skin cancer. To promote awareness locally, Dr. Paul Lundstrom, dermatologist with Dermatology Professionals, will present a “Seeing Spots: Melanoma” educational seminar on May 5, 12 to 1 p.m. at the Butler Building in downtown


CBS – Café In Aitkin Helps Spread Love For Minnesota

Many Minnesotans have been pondering their decision to live here after a spring snowstorm hit earlier this week. But an Internet café in downtown Aitkin, Minn. is helping to remind people of their love for the state. The historic Butler building has a chalkboard that lets people fill in the


Northland Foundation Reports on The Butler Building

It was an atypical lending project for the Foundation, but Northland’s Director of Business Finance, John Elden, became convinced by Allen’s vision and business savvy. His confidence in Allen seems well-placed as she directs painstaking restoration and updates. The second floor, once the grand Aitkin Opera House, is once again


Children Helping Children at Vacation Bible School

Children who participated in the Vacation Bible School at the Aitkin United Methodist Church collected 137 pairs of shoes for the children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School in Uganda, Africa. The project, entitled “Shoes of Peace”, was the brainchild of the VBS coordinators, Celia


Riverwood Welcomes New Board Member

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy Dirks, MD, to Riverwood’s Governing Board of Directors. He fills the position vacated by Dr. Mark Heggem, Riverwood’s chief medical officer, who served on the board for the past 21 years. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Dirks join


Riverwood Gala Focuses on Support for Wellness

At this time of year, our thoughts often turn to enjoying the fruits of a bountiful harvest in our gardens, orchards or fields. Like a good harvest, good health requires many, many hours of care and nurturing too. That’s why “Together we will harvest healthy communities” is an apt theme


Cardiologist to Speak at Heart Health Seminar

Some conditions as well as some lifestyle factors can put individuals at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can take steps to lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack by addressing these risk factors. To learn more, attend a seminar called “The Road Map to Heart


Riverwood Reduces Avoidable Hospital Readmissions by 16 Percent

Working as part of a broad-based coalition of hospitals and care providers, Riverwood Healthcare Center has made progress in preventing avoidable hospital readmissions between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012. The hospital is participating in the RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign working to achieve the triple aim of


Chamber Business After Hours at the Butler Building

On Thursday, May 23, the Aitkin Chamber Business After Hours will be held in the historic Opera House at the Butler Building. Co-hosted by the Beanery, Giada’s and the Butler Building, it is your opportunity to network with your peers and see the progress that has been made. Featured will


Riverwood to Host CEO Retirement Celebration

Riverwood Healthcare Center is hosting a celebration for community members to wish Riverwood CEO Michael Hagen well in his retirement. Hagen will retire in early July after the next CEO, Chad Cooper, joins Riverwood on July 8. The public is invited to attend a reception on May 22, 5:30 to


Riverwood Healthcare Hires New CEO

The Riverwood Healthcare Center Governing Board of Directors has selected Chad Cooper as chief executive officer with an anticipated start date of July 1. Michael Hagen, current Riverwood CEO for the past 12 years, announced his retirement last fall. Cooper is an experienced and accomplished health care executive with 16


Riverwood doctor is 2013 MN Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Don Hughes, family physician at Riverwood, will be accepting the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians’ (MAFP) annual award for “2013 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year” on April 18 in St. Paul. Below is a link to the news release prepared by MAFP. The Aitkin Age is printing


Riverwood Welcomes New Board Member

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce the election of Tom Lundberg to Riverwood’s Governing Board of Directors. He fills the position vacated by Robert Lewis, who served on Riverwood’s board for nine years from 2004 through2012. “As a life-long resident, Tom’s knowledge of Aitkin and area communities is a