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Published June 13, 2013, 02:52 PM

Northland Community & Technical College sells college building

Northland Community & Technical College recently sold a 15,178-square-foot Thief River Falls home it received as a donation from a local couple, according to Becky Lindseth, college executive director of administrative services.

By: Jennifer Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

Northland Community & Technical College recently sold a 15,178-square-foot Thief River Falls home it received as a donation from a local couple, according to Becky Lindseth, college executive director of administrative services.

Dean Philipp, a local resident, bought the seven-bedroom house for $570,000 last month. The house had been listed earlier for $810,000, according to the college.

“It’s a beautiful home, and I hope the new owner enjoys it,” Lindseth said.

A number of events, programs and classes were located at the Swenson House, named after the late Lowell and Marge Swenson, who donated it as a gift a decade ago.

The Center for Outreach and Innovation, the customer training and continuing education division of the college, also used to be housed there. But Northland later had enough room on campus for the center and didn’t want to keep it separated from the main resources of the college, Lindseth said.

Other attempts to hold meetings, classes and other events in the house ended in a similar fashion, and the college eventually felt it was more economical to sell it, she said.

“It just became more convenient, obviously, and then the operating expenses for that extra space — you have the heat, you have the electricity for the facility and personnel expense to maintain it,” she said.

Money from the sale will be used toward capital improvements within the college, but no decisions have been made yet on how it will be used, she said.

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