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Published October 19, 2010, 07:52 PM

Groundbreaking This Thursday For Choice Wellness Center

After five years of planning and finding funding, the first shovels will hit the ground on Thursday.

Almost five years of planning will finally pay off at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Choice Wellness Center this Thursday.

Organizers say a lot of people have helped with funding and planning the project and are excited to get things started.

The event will have several presentations from groups involved with the center along with gifts for the first 500 people to show up.

Construction is set to start in May of 2011 and this week is the first step.

"We start the project Thursday, we get to put our first shovel in the ground. It's just an exciting day for Grand Forks. It's an important project for Grand Forks to move forward," Center Court Fitness general manager Cameron Tweten said.

The groundbreaking is Thursday at 3 pm on the corner of 44th avenue south and south 11th street and is open to the public.

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