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Associated Press, Published June 30 2013

New Minot middle school to open in November

MINOT, N.D. — Students at a Minot school destroyed by flooding two years ago will be moving into their new school by the end of the year.

The new Erik Ramstad Middle School will be ready for students in November, The Minot Daily News reported Sunday.

Students and teachers have been housed at the Minot Municipal Auditorium since flood waters destroyed the school in 2011.

Superintendent Mark Vollmer said the new school, which is under construction along 36th Avenue and Eighth Street Northwest, will be 130,000 square feet and be able to house 720 students. This is an increase over the old school, which could only hold 550 students.

“For a period of time, this will be the nicest middle school in the state,” he said.

Classes will start again in August in the auditorium. School board members decided to move back the move-in date to November when construction was delayed due to bad weather. Vollmer said the current timeline for a November move-in date is on track.