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Published November 07, 2013, 06:13 PM

Ground broken on Lake Region State College Expansion

A major expansion is underway at Lake Region state college in Devils Lake -- the first in 35 years. The school broke ground Thursday on a 6 million dollar expansion and renovation of the 41-year-old Erlandson Center.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

A major expansion is underway at Lake Region state college in Devils Lake -- the first in 35 years. The school broke ground Thursday on a 6 million dollar expansion and renovation of the 41-year-old Erlandson Center.

The Erlandson Center, built in 1972, is not known for its space.

Danica: "We are sitting on top of each other all the time. We have to shift between classrooms to demonstrate skills as we're learning. We take tests in a different room," said student Danica Belleque.

But that will change, thanks to the new expansion.

Doug: "We're very excited about it. We're packed to the rafters in our current facility," said LRSC's President Doug Darling

That means more room for students studying nursing, law enforcement, automotive and wind energy technology.

Students say more room means better equipment and more real-world learning.

The expansion and renovation of the Erlandson Center has been a long time coming. The building first opened more than 40 years ago and hasn't undergone any renovations in 35 years. Even then it took six years to convince state lawmakers to fund the program -- a difficult process for Darling.

Doug: "We need this to be able to compete with other institutions to provide quality training for our students, and so it was frustrating to not be able to do that. "

But one that everyone says was worth it in the end. The project will also renovate about half of the existing Erlandson Center.

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