Sylvia and the Butler Building in Aitkin
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 an elegant event site. The brightly awning’d street level hosts a bustling coffee house and a boutique, and Allen envisions a restaurant and brew house on the lower level. She proudly shares that all the work is being done by local contractors, too.

“This is a labor of love and a way to contribute to this town, where I have been coming all my life,” stated Allen. “I’m thrilled that Bremer Bank and the Northland Foundation believed in me and my dreams for the Butler Building.”

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