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The week that was

April 29, 2012
Minot Daily News

LOSING SCHOOLS The fates of Lincoln Elementary and Erik Ramstad Middle School have been known for a while now; both schools will be demolished following extensive damage from the Souris River flood of 2011. Exactly when the structures will be razed remains unknown, although it's likely to be sometime this summer for both buildings. There are details to be worked out, of course, such as letting bids and such, but we know what the end result will be at some point: Both schools will be gone. Those will, indeed, be sad days for residents of this city. Both schools have long been landmarks in their respective neighborhoods, and their demise will alter the physical and emotional landscape of this city. The new gymnasium at Ramstad will be saved, and will be moved to Jim Hill Middle School, and a new Ramstad will be built on North Hill. Lincoln will be torn down, with the students going to expanded facilities at Lewis and Clark?Elementary and Longfellow Elementary. The moves are completely necessary and justified, but it simply won't be the same. Both Ramstad and Lincoln were full of history, and both schools will be sorely missed.



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