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Published January 31, 2012, 06:38 PM

Bluestem Center for the Arts facing financial struggle

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's millions of dollars in debt, but Bluestem Center for the Arts is on its way to paying back Fargo Public Schools. The district spent almost $300,000 fronting a bond payment for the non-profit last month, but Bluestem has a plan for its budget battle.

It's millions of dollars in debt, but Bluestem Center for the Arts is on its way to paying back Fargo Public Schools. The district spent almost $300,000 fronting a bond payment for the non-profit last month, but Bluestem has a plan for its budget battle.

Despite having trouble making its December bond payment, Bluestem says it has plans in place, and it's working with Fargo Public Schools to get back on track.

Sue Wiger – Executive Director, Bluestem: "It's going to be a very busy spring, summer, and fall."

Bluestem's already paid back half of the $300,000 it owes to Fargo Public Schools, and will pay the rest when revenue comes in.

Sue Wiger: "We are just experiencing growing pains that any non-profit would when it's operating a facility this size."

When Sue Wiger started at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, she says a lot of financial organization needed to be done and now, it's in progress.

Sue Wiger: "There's a lot of debt and overhead and decisions that need to be made."

Between bond payments and money owed to the district, five million dollars is on the line, but Bluestem says donations show the community is committed to keeping it alive.

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