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Donations and grants from the community helps build Tiny Tykes Preschool and Daycare in Milnor

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Milnor, ND (WDAY/WDAZ TV) - A small city in North Dakota has big hearts when it comes to their children.

A project is finished and the community welcomed to see how all of their hard work paid off. 

In less than a year, the City of Milnor was determined to meet a need.

Karlie Qual/Milnor, "Traveling, you know, that 15 to 30 minutes a day just to find the child care."

Those days for parents are now over.

Tiny Tykes Preschool and Daycare is now open and ready for business.

Bud Heinert/Milnor City Council Member, "It's beautiful. I think they did an outstanding job. They worked very, very hard and the community couldn't be prouder."

The building process started in August of last year. Over $400,000 funded the project through community donations and grants.

The daycare held an open house Saturday to show community members just what their money is invested in.

Bud Heinert/Milnor City Council Member, "We have a son that lives in Milnor too, and he'll be thinking about starting a family one day and that hopefully would be a reason for him to stay in a smaller community like Milnor."

Reminders of the community's support are all over the facility. For example, here's the children's caring wall which lists the names of people who donated to make this all possible.

Heinert, "That is our hope that it will attract young couples to our community and keep the schools alive, the churches alive."

More than 70 children can come learn and play.

Karlie Qual/Milnor, "It will be a very good opportunity for, you know, just the community and then to watch all of them grow up."

The saying holds true in Milnor, it takes a community to raise a child. In their case, all their children.

Youth Opportunity Unlimited Inc., who helped to start the project, is still fundraising for an outdoor playground next to the facility.   

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