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Chippewa veterans' home opens

Wisconsin's third state-run nursing home for veterans was dedicated the afternoon of Jan. 17 in Chippewa Falls.

Governor Scott Walker and state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos appeared at the the ceremony. It took a year-and-a-half to build the $20 million facility, which will have more than 70 beds and provide skilled nursing care to veterans their spouses.

It took a while to find a site and get the project going, after lawmakers approved funding in 2003 for a veterans' facility to serve northwest Wisconsin. The state's other veterans' homes are at Union Grove in Racine County, and King in Waupaca County.