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University of Minnesota seeks $10.5M in donations to maintain presidential mansion

The University of Minnesota is searching for donors who can provide $10.5 million to cover the costs of its presidential mansion, saying the historic home has a beloved place in U history but public money could be better spent on other causes.

"This really strikes, I think, the balance of keeping a property that has so much value, not just financially but a lot of different connections to the university, and really thinking about the budget, how to make it work," Regent Bo Thao-Urabe said during a meeting Wednesday.

Overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Eastcliff has served as the backdrop for weddings, graduations, protests and a visit from the Dalai Lama. It currently serves as a temporary home for Gov. Tim Walz and his family while their state-owned mansion undergoes renovations.


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