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Calvin Heilman, left, and Jesse Date work on securing a metal unit on the chimney of the new North Dakota governor's residence as the project nears completion in December. "It's a chimney screen," said Don Cote. "It's a decorative accent piece." All work for Northwest Contracting of Bismarck, the general contractor for the residence.

North Dakota’s governor and first lady have spent their first few days in their new home.

Gov. Doug Burgum and first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum’s belongings were moved into the new Governor’s Residence on March 14 and Thursday, according to Tom Job, a project manager for Capital Complex Construction and Maintenance.

The couple was not present during the move but acquainted themselves with their new home earlier this week.

“While it’s bittersweet saying goodbye to the wonderful former residence where nine first families made so many special memories, Kathryn and I are excited for the opportunity to unpack and start settling into the new residence,” Burgum said in an emailed statement. “This new residence is the people’s house, and we’re grateful to be the first governor and first lady to call it home. We look forward to holding a public open house after construction is completed on the public side of the residence and the former residence is removed.”

The new residence and teardown of the former residence was budgeted at $5 million, with $4 million from the Capitol Building Trust Fund and $1 million being raised from private donations.

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