Knife River and Jebro Grant Supports Courtyard

Crusader Courtyard Gets $50,000 Grant
Posted on 08/13/2021
Students and Heelan friends will enjoy using the new Crusader Courtyard outside of Bishop Heelan High School with the support of a $50,000 grant presented today from Montana-Dakota Utilities Foundation and Sioux City’s Knife River Construction and Jebro Incorporated. 

The new Courtyard, just left of Bishop Heelan’s front doors, was developed next to the new fieldhouse. After the fieldhouse  was completed in early 2020, school leaders identified a need for a safe outdoor learning and community space.

“When Covid-19 struck last school year, it really hit home that we needed an area for students and others to gather safely outdoors,’ says Dr. John Flanery, BHCS president. “We are incredibly grateful to Jebro Incorporated and Knife River for making this vision happen to benefit our Bishop Heelan students and community.”

“As part of the Montana – Dakota Utilities group of companies, we are proud to support this project,” says Rod Birdsell, Jebro HR manager. “One of our core values is our commitment to our community and this project is a perfect representation. The students and families will enjoy this beautiful space for many years.” 

The new outdoor offers a central spot for class discussions, lunches, meetings, music practices, socializing and boarding busses for school competitions for Heelan’s 500 students. 

Larry Walsh, Heelan grad and grandfather of BHCS students, led the vision for the courtyard upon seeing an unused area after the Heelan’s fieldhouse addition was completed.

Supporters went to work with foundation fill, terraced concrete, retaining walls, hand railings and landscaping. Volunteer project manager Terry Hegarty worked with LiteForm, RP Constructors, Haugen Incorporated, Masaba and Bacon Creek Construction and Design to make the courtyard a reality. 

It has been fully funded by the MDU Resources Foundation grant and donors.

Alumni classes and friends are invited to sponsor outdoor tables and benches to furnish the terrace. Contact Flanery for more information at 252-1350.
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