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Published July 26, 2010, 11:39 AM

Heritage Center Expansion

Supporters of an expansion of North Dakota's Heritage Center say they're close to having the $6 million they need to start the project.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of an expansion of North Dakota's Heritage Center say they're close to having the $6 million they need to start the project.

Foundation director Virginia Nelsen said Monday that the project is "a few hundred thousand" dollars short of its goal.

The state budget office has to give its approval before construction may start. North Dakota's Historical Board is meeting Tuesday to ask for budget office approval. But Nelsen says the board's request doesn't mean the money is in hand.

Last year, the Legislature approved spending almost $40 million in state funds to double the size of the Heritage Center. Before the project can start, supporters need to have at least $6 million in private or federal funds.

Nelsen says she's hoping construction can begin this fall.

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