- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Northern State University in Aberdeen has received two donations of $20 million and $15 million that will be used to help finish a new academic building and two new residence halls in the next few years.

The $20 million gift will be used for the new dorms. The university also received a $20 million interest-free loan for a new math and science building where the football practice field is currently located, according to The Aberdeen News (http://bit.ly/2e8bm2t).

University president Timothy Downs says the math and science building, which was first proposed with a $35 million budget in 2015, will be a gateway on campus. A proposed timeline calls for regents to give final approval for the building’s design in September 2017.

The sources of the donations are anonymous, but Downs says they’ll probably become public sometime this month.

The elimination of the practice field has renewed a conversation about the potential for a new on-campus stadium. Football coach Tom Dosch said there is hope for an on-campus stadium, but there are no immediate plans.

“We are going to see what all the options are, but an on-campus stadium is ultimately what we are shooting for and not just for football. The idea would be to use it for a lot of different things campus-wide, (soccer), intramurals and everything. We would obviously be a part of that. That is the vision and what we are shooting for, but there are a lot of things that have to happen,”Dosch said.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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