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Published June 18, 2012, 09:43 PM

Gilbertsons decide to stay put in Kindred

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not every day a family wins a half-million-dollar home, but besides a few overnight camping adventures in a West Fargo dream house, the Gilbertson's have decided to stay put in Kindred.

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - It's not every day a family wins a half-million-dollar home, but besides a few overnight camping adventures in a West Fargo dream house the Gilbertson's have decided to stay put in Kindred - but they won't be walking away empty-handed.

For the price of $499,000 this dream home could be yours. For Michele and Art Gilbertson, they've decided to sell. When all is said and done, they'll walk away with a little more than $300,000 after taxes, but it’s what they plan to do with the money that is truly remarkable.

Michele Gilbertson - Kindred: “It is a huge responsibility, it's like we were given this gigantic gift here, don't squander it.”

The Gilbertson's made a list, looking at the pros, checking off the cons. Michele and her family decided much more could be done with 300-thousand-dollars cash.

Michele Gilbertson - Kindred: “We just really felt our wants column was getting put ahead of the needs column, cause, you know, our kids need to go to college.”

Pay off the mortgage, pay for new siding, pay for her three sons to go to college, then, pay it forward. Michele says she plans to help put the 5 grandchildren of her sister through school as well. Mary Christopherson died of cancer 2 months ago.

Michele Gilbertson - Kindred: “It really came down to Art asking me, 'Well, what would Mary do?' And she wouldn't live there, she would make sure her kids and her grandkids are taken care of.”

Robert Leslie – Designer Homes: “They are qualified to live in the home, paying the taxes and everything. They just wanted to take this and do more for everyone. People like this make the world a great place.”

The Gilbertson's have owned the home outright since June 13th. When it sells, the buyer can rest assured, they'll be paying for more than just 2,800 square-feet.

Michele Gilbertson - Kindred: “We really want to do the wise thing and make the best use of this, so we've just been praying for wisdom.”

Michele said the thing she would miss most about her new home was the fact that it only took her 9 minutes to get to the 52nd Avenue WalMart.

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