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The 13,600-square-foot residence, shown in October, for the North Dakota governor and family is constructed next to the current residence on the state Capitol grounds. The price tag for the new residence is $5 million with $4 million coming from the state's Capitol Building Fund and $1 million from private donations. 

State Capitol grounds staff are aiming for the first family to move into their new home between Christmas and the New Year.

Construction of the new governor’s residence is about 97 percent complete, facilities manager John Boyle said.

“We’re in the punch list phase,” he said.

A final walkthrough was done and a list of last-minute tasks was compiled. The list was given to contractors early last week and workers will have 30 days to complete the work, which includes jobs such as touching up paint.

Movers are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 27-28.

To date, $4.6 million has been spent on the building project and $4.9 million worth of work has been contracted.

The project was funded with $4 million from the Capitol Building Trust Fund, Boyle said. An additional $1 million is being raised from private donations. Fundraisers have gathered about $850,000, said Jim Poolman, co-chairman of the fundraising task force, adding he thinks the final $150,000 will be raised by the end of the year.

Boyle presented a construction update to state lawmakers Wednesday. Some changes from the original design were discussed, including a spiral staircase into the public area of the residence. Costs of such unplanned changes were paid for out of a $100,000 contingency fund, most of which was spent.

For more information, go online to friendsoftheresidence.com.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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