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Legislators and higher education officials gathered near the Ralph Engelstad Arena Thursday and tossed a shovelful of dirt for the official groundbreaking of UND's new School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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For workers driving dump trucks and front loaders in Grand Forks’ north end, it was just another day working on UND’s new School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Nearby, about 50 legislators and higher education officials gathered nearby for an official groundbreaking ceremony for the $122 million facility at the corner of North Columbia Road and Gateway Drive.

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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 or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB. More examples of her work can be found at
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