BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and some former governors and their families were meeting at the governor’s residence to reminisce about the home that has housed first families for 57 years.
The 10,000-square-foot home is being torn down this fall to make way for a larger $5 million mansion.
The current residence has been home to nine first families. Burgum says seven of the families were to be represented at Thursday night’s gathering.
The new 13,500-square-foot mansion is scheduled to be completed in early November.
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The new home will be the third official residence built for North Dakota’s governors. The original was built in 1884 and still stands a few blocks south of the Capitol.