Akeley Regional Community Center (
In the winter of 2002 the Walker/Hackensack/Akeley school
district requested bids for the purchase of the old Akeley
school building. Chris Conger was awarded the bid for his
unheard of bid of $3. There were other bids but they were to
demolish the building or to make apartments or other things that
would not have preserved the building as it was. The board
determined that it was most important to maintain the building
as a community center as Mr. Conger proposed.
On August 31, 2006, Mr. Conger signed over the ARCC to a 6-8
member board. The current board consists of Chairman - Larry
Holm, Vice Chairman - Karen Andress, Vice Chairperson – Kenny
Holm, Treasurer – Lori Muller, Clerk and members at large -
Keith Andress and David Andress.
The whole complex is now incorporated as a non-profit
organization and the building houses the Corner Clothing Store,
the largest used book store in the area, the Corner
Furniture/Misc. Store, the public library and the Paul Bunyan
Archery Club. Public meeting rooms are available to rent or use
depending on whether non-profit or for profit. The new gymnasium
is also available for use. Right now it is used regularly by
Home School children. There are also spaces to rent for offices
and one apartment is up and running and occupied. Another
apartment has been started and plans for more will hopefully be
in the near future.
The Corner Clothing store came into being in August of 2003 when
Ruth Spicer endeavored to open a used clothing store that would
both benefit the area by providing good used clothing and
helping to pay the fuel bill at the ARCC. The first day’s sales
totaled $13 and the largest days sale to date is $701.00.
Workers at the clothing store are unpaid volunteers, and two
part time paid maintenance people. The Furniture Store was added
in 2006. Any good, useable, workable, saleable, clean items may
be donated and tax receipts are available.
At this time there are still areas that may be rented
for businesses. One of these is a 13’x20’ (260 sq ft) foot room
with a shared commons area for $250/mo. Other areas may become
available in the future.
1908 Roof: This project was completed in 2011 through a grant
from the USDA.
Other projects are to put a new ceiling in the auditorium, make
more apartments available, repair the brick on the exterior of
the building, and paint all the wood on the exterior. There are,
of course, many other smaller projects waiting in the wings.
Volunteers and donations are always welcome.
Contributions are always welcome and needed at the ARCC
for ongoing expenses, maintenance and improvements. At this time
donations of articles to be sold at the Furniture/Misc. store
are welcome as well as good, clean clothing to the Clothing