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Published February 10, 2012, 07:09 PM

Northland Community College receives big donation from Detroit Pistons

Thief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is getting a big donation - literally - from the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is getting a big donation - literally - from the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

The team is donating its old DC-9 airplane. The leather seats and multiple TVs are just a few luxury items on the DC-9 aircraft.

Northland won't be flying the aircraft anywhere. They'll be taking the plane apart and putting it back together to learn how to maintain an airplane.

Jim Retka – Dean of Aviation: "In terms of how nice this aircraft is in terms of configuration of the cabin yes certainly this is the nicest aircraft we have received."

Eric Tjelle – Northland Foundation President: "We're very thankful for the Detriot Pistons organization, what a gift."

The plane was used for 10 years to carry players, coaches, trainers, and media to its away games.

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