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Grand Forks Herald downtown building to be sold

The iconic clock tower of the Grand Forks Herald's downtown building. Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Herald building, an icon of downtown's recovery from the 1997 flood, will soon be for sale.

Publisher Korrie Wenzel said the size of the building's staff no longer justified the large space. It's possible, however, that a new buyer would rent or lease some space back to the Herald.

Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum and the Herald, will list the building next week with an asking price of $3.47 million, according to Paul Amundson, FCC's vice president of investment and strategy.

Erected in the 1930s, the Herald building was devastated by the 1997 flood along with many others in the city. But the newspaper vowed to rebuild downtown, which it did the following year, adding a clock tower.