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Lawmakers get update on UND building sale

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota officials say they hope to turn a controversial and money-losing building on campus into a success.

The Legislature's 16-member Government Finance Committee heard from UND officials Thursday on the school's plans for the building that was purchased without proper negotiating.

UND's Alice Brekke told lawmakers that the school has hired a person to market the building to companies.

The UND Research Foundation building was meant to provide lab space for private companies. It lost money so the school got approval from the Legislature to buy the building from the foundation.

But lawmakers required the state Board of Education to negotiate the sale, which never happened. Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen, who approved the deal, has apologized for the foul-up.

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