History of Clay County Family Service Center

Aerial View 1939

USDA Aerial 1939 detail

The Bethesda Swedish Lutheran Church built Northwestern Hospital in 1907 between 9th and 10th Streets North and 7th and 8th Avenues North. The hospital fronted on 10th St. In 1920, a group of Franciscan nuns from Little Falls, MN bought Northwestern and renamed it St. Ansgar’s. It served until 1957 when the new St. Ansgar’s was built to the east on 11th St N. The old building was retained as housing for the sisters until sometime in the 1970s after 10th St N was vacated. The hospital closed in the late 1980s.

In 1992, Clay County purchased the former St. Ansgar Hospital building and converted it into the Family Service Center of Clay County (FSCCC) in an effort to improve the efficiency in the delivery of Health and Human Services by collocating various agencies under 1 roof. The building includes approximately 95,000 square feet of net rentable space.

Northwestern Hospital 1910

Northwestern about 1910

St. Ansgar Hospital 1920s

St Ansgar 1920s

St. Ansgars Hospital 1957

St Ansgar about 1957

Forum Article 4/25/1970

Forum April 25 1970

St. Ansgar Sanborn 1956

St Ansgar Sanborn 1956

Aerial View 1965

USDA Aerial 1965 detail

Aerial View 1981

USDA Aerial 1981 detail

Aerial View 2020