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Lincoln, Neb. resident Jimmy Younic and other asbestos workers wrap the walls and columns of the Law School at UND with plastic in preparation to clean out the asbestos lined walls that were originally built in the early 1900's. The building renovation project was recently approved by the North Dakota Legislature. (Luke Franke/ Grand Forks Herald)

Abating asbestos’ threat: UND assures public that material’s handling is safe

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A lopsided dark brown rock about the size of a grapefruit sits harmlessly on a shelf in Larry Zitzow’s office in the Facilities Management building at UND.


Zitzow, the director of that department, doesn’t give the stone a second glance.

“If it’s kept in this state, just like any rock, it isn’t going to hurt you,” he said, holding the asbestos.

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Anna Burleson
Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson with story ideas or tips by either phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. More examples of her work can be found at
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