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Published October 13, 2012, 09:26 PM

Historic Northwest Hall at Mayville State University being restored

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) -- For years, a familiar old brick building has greeted new students on the campus of Mayville State University, but Northwest Hall is about to get new life. This after it nearly met the wrecking ball.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Mayville, ND (WDAY TV) -- For years, a familiar old brick building has greeted new students on the campus of Mayville State University, but Northwest Hall is about to get new life. This after it nearly met the wrecking ball.

This afternoon, The Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation donated $340-thousand dollars to finish the fundraising campaign.

Since 1911, Northwest Hall has served as a hospital, president home and dorm for married students. Soon, it will be gutted, and restored for a new role - a new alumni center.

Doug Anderson/Mayville State Alum: "To preserve a piece of history and what it could be this will be a building of honoring people and their service."

For the past ten years, Mayville State graduate Doug Anderson, has driven the back roads of North Dakota, asking people to donate money to the cause. Turning Northwest Hall into something that will welcome and honor students and alumni for generations to come.

Doug: "They want to see history preserved. Our future generations see new stuff basically."

During the big ice storms of 97 that preceded our floods, pipes broke inside northwest hall, flooding it and there was talk of tearing it down but the people here did not have the heart to part with a piece of the past.

Dr. Gary Hagen/Mayville State President: "This was grass roots, and what we like about this protect, take something old preserve the past and use our heritage to create something new."

It will take close to a million dollars to breathe new life into Northwest Hall. But the farm families, alumni and community of Mayville have stepped up, to preserve this piece of yesterday for the young people who will arrive for years to come.

Fundraiser supporters also received money from historical and preservation organizations.

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