Updated: 02/26/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 4:36 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Construction crews are nothing new at UMD, but usually they are on campus to build something new. This week crews started demolishing some outdated apartments.
The Stadium Apartments served UMD students for 40 years. “I lived in Stadiums one year so it was nice. We lived in a double-decker apartment,” UMD's Director of Housing John Weiske said.
But Weiske didn't shed any tears on Wednesday when heavy machinery started crushing the apartments into piles of brick and rubble.
“Just for maintenance issues and those types of things I've been waiting for this to happen,” Weiske said.
He said bringing the apartments up to code with elevators, handicap accessibility and other major maintenance would have cost $12 million.
Weiske said the plan has been in the works since 2008. He said upperclassmen are moving off campus more often, but the university did need more dorms.
“So we made the plan to better accommodate our first-year students to build Ianni Hall, which has close to 300 beds for first-year students,” Weiske said.
The demolition comes after semi loads of dressers, lamps, and tables were donated to Goodwill according to Weiske.
Knocking the buildings down will free up a lot of room near Malosky Stadium. Administrators are still deciding what to do with it, but some will be used as green space along Tischer Creek according to Project Manager John Kessler.
“That's one of the ideas is to have more of an area for tailgating and game day programming for the fans, but also parking is always an issue here as well as additional sports fields. We're pretty land locked here with our campus,” Kessler said.
The demolition should give UMD some breathing room. The buildings are expected to come down by April, but officials said it could take until June for the space to turn green with grass and trees.
Thousands of Northlanders go to Thanksgiving Buffet at the DECC
The annual Twin Ports Region Thanksgiving Buffet was held at the DECC on Thursday. This is the 25th year of the dinner produced by Twin Ports community volunteers and the College of St. Scholastica. The event served an estimated 65 hundred meals including 13 hundred meals that were delivered around the area.
Shoppers Make Thanksgiving Bargain Hunting New Tradition
More and more Americans are now making gift shopping on Thanksgiving a new holiday tradition, and in Duluth, one retail welcomed shoppers at 7 a.m. on Turkey Day with deals. Experts say 25 million shoppers will hit stores to take advantage of the early deals this Thanksgiving....
One Man Dead After House Fire in Town of Superior
One man is dead after a house fire broke out in the Town of Superior on Thursday morning. It happened around 1:30 a.m. on the 6300 block of South Darrow Road. Crews arrived on the scene to find the lower floor of the two-story house fully engulfed.
Group Aims to Spread the Love to Service Members Overseas
'Tis the season to give and a group of women in northwestern Wisconsin is spreading the love to our service members overseas. They need the public's help to fill 300 boxes before Christmas.
1 Killed, 3 Injured in Alborn Township Rollover
A rollover in Alborn Township turned fatal early Thursday morning. A 48-year-old Shoreview woman was killed in the crash. Officials say her name is being withheld until her family is notified.