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Digi-key breaks ground on expansion project


A Thief River Falls company has begun an expansion project that is expected to bring 1,000 additional workers to the city.

Digi-Key Electronics broke ground Friday on the one-million-square-foot facility at 701 Brooks Ave. S. It is expected to cost between $200 million and $300 million, but the electronics distributor gained millions of dollars in local and state incentives to build near its base of operations.

The annual economic return for Minnesota should be about $184 million, Digi-Key estimated.

The project should take about three years to complete.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers business and political stories. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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