- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - The city of Wahpeton has given a ministry group until Oct. 1 to either repair an old National Guard armory or tear it down.

The Crown Ministry Group has owned the building for 2 ½ years. City building official Todd Johnson has deemed it unsafe due to damage caused by water and birds.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1PBNjDY ) that City Council members this week affirmed Johnson’s order setting the Oct. 1 deadline.

The cost to demolish the building is estimated at $175,000. Repair estimates run much higher. Crown Ministry Group President Douglas Bartels has said the nonprofit is nearly defunct.

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Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, https://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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