• 1939

    The Bethany Rest Home was organized in and operated at 607 7th Street South in Fargo for four years.



  • 1942

    Bethany purchased the Fargo Sanitarium at 1333 3rd Ave South and moved to that location.



  • 1960

    American Lutheran Homes, Inc. was created. Construction on the present site began at 201 S University Drive.



  • 1963

    Bethany Towers I was completed. Originally constructed as a senior housing facility, Bethany Towers I now provides licensed, Medicaid-eligible Basic Care services to 53 residents.



  • 1967

    Construction for University Skilled II building begins.



  • 1968

    Now operating as our University Skilled II facility, including units on Elmwood & Cedar Square. These Skilled care units include more private rooms and updated amenities.



  • 1979

    Bethany Towers II was constructed, originally a 96-bed senior housing facility.



  • 1986

    Bethany Home Health Care was formed and operated as Bethany Personal Care Service, providing Assisted Living to residents in Bethany Towers II (University campus) and Bethany Gables (42nd). Bethany Foundation was also incorporated to provide philanthropic support for Bethany Retirement Living.



  • 1987

    The Mavis Whiting Chapel & Resident Center was dedicated. Mavis Whiting had been with Bethany for 21 years, including many years as Administrator, until her retirement in 1985.

  • 1995

    Cares II building undergoes major remodeling.



  • 1997

    Memory Care Unit now operating as Willow Lane, providing specialized services to 48 residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia. Administrative areas were also remodeled.



  • 2003

    Bethany Towers I undergoes major renovation, funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.



  • 2004

    Bethany Towers II undergoes major renovation, funded by a grant from US Department of Housing and Urban Development.



  • 2009

    The name changed to Bethany Retirement Living. Most buildings on University Drive campus renamed.



  • 2010

    Bethany on 42nd opened.



  • 2014

    Skilled care addition completed at Bethany on 42nd.



  • 2015

    30,000 sq. feet were added to Bethany on University for housing, therapy, and resident homes.



  • 2016

    Bethany on Grace Pointe is added to Bethany on 42nd as an upscale independent living community.