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Habitat for Humanity Builds Home in Minot

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Construction workers were hard at work today building a home on Minot's northwest side.

But, this home is a very special one.

"We have become the partner family for Habitat for Humanity," said new homeowner Kelly Barnes. "We will be working with them to build a house that will be affordable and accessible for our daughter," she added.

The home is the by-product of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the retailer Kum N Go, where consumers have been donating money towards homes for families in need.

"For any family that is now living in inadequate housing, it's a wonderful opportunity to give them a hand up instead of a handout," said Roxy Volk, the Executive Director of Habitat's Northern Lights district.

"Our customers here in North Dakota actually raised over 25 thousand dollars to go towards our habitat campaign," said Traci Rodemeyer, of Kum N Go. "So, because of that generosity we're able to build this home here today," she added.

For the Barnes family, who moved here from the Kansas City area, the new home is a lifeline.

"My husband's the only one working, and my daughter's disabled, and I stay home to take care of her," Kelly said. "So, this is a really great opportunity for us to be able to have an affordable home and it be accessible," she added.

Community leaders held a special dedication for the Barnes' new home, who are thrilled to have their own little slice of the world.

"Just a place that we can call our own, our own home, is just phenomenal," said Tim Barnes. "It's something we never had. So it'll be a great feeling."

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