The Rice County Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony for two Lonsdale families June 8.

Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization that builds affordable housing for low-income families. The houses are built by volunteers and families working together. More than 800,000 homes have been built since the organization was started in 1976.

The homes are located at 662 & 668 4th Circle Drive in Lonsdale. This will be the first twin home Habitat has constructed and the 38th home constructed in Rice County.

One side of the duplex will be for the Swenson family, made up of Annastina and her sons Isaac and Chase, and one side will be for the Boettcher family, made up of Elizabeth and her children Isaiah and Gracie. These families will be the third and fourth families in Lonsdale to work with Habitat.

The groundbreaking was attended by dozens of family members, friends and volunteers.

Rice County Habitat Executive Director Dayna Norvold said the goal is to finish the houses by early November.

Grace Webb covers the cities of Northfield and Lonsdale, and writes about public safety. You can reach her at 645-1117.

Grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from MSU-Mankato in May 2013, worked for the Northfield News from 2014-2015. Now I'm a wandering reporter. Who knows where you'll see my byline next?

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