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Published June 11, 2012, 12:29 PM

VIDEO: House-winning family ready to leave old farmhouse behind

KINDRED, N.D. - Michele Gilbertson says it feels like a dream. It's only been hours since the Kindred woman won a $500,000 West Fargo home in a giveaway. Now, she's mentally packing up her home and ready to hit the road.

By: Danielle Miller, Forum Communications, INFORUM

KINDRED, N.D. - Michele Gilbertson says it feels like a dream. It's only been hours since the Kindred woman won a $500,000 West Fargo home in a giveaway. Now, she's mentally packing up her home and ready to hit the road.

Michele and her husband Art moved into this house 20 years ago and are now ready to start the next chapter with their 3 children.

“It is the only home they have ever known, but they were ready to go," said Michele Gilbertson, who turned the winning key Saturday at Scheels Arena. "They were just like, ‘yea we are living in that house.’”

The house didn't start out looking like this. It was just this one house, and after seeing an ad in 2002 for a free home built in the 1950s to move, it became two houses build into one.

“It's a real puzzle that has been put together,” her husband, Art Gilbertson, said.

This win was the start of many firsts for the family; the first time in a brand new home, the first time having a dishwasher, and the first time ever having more than one bathroom for the whole family to share.

“Just so excited to have the master suite and have the bathroom that it has. It is just amazing," Michelle said. "Our current bathroom - we've got one in the entire house and I think you could probably fit what two or three of our current bathroom just in the shower.”

Each son shares their own bittersweet moments that will come along with the move. Benjamin, an North Dakota State University sophomore, will love being only a few miles away from college.

“I've had quite a few memories in this place, and I’m sure I’ll have quite a few new ones in the new house," the 19-year-old Benjamin said.

Cameron Gilbertson, 16, will like being closer to friends, and can’t wait to get to the city.

“Having our own bathrooms, because I hate sharing a bathroom with these two guys. Come on get out of the bathroom," Cameron said.

Levi is just happy knowing he'll have a few less bug bites this summer.

“I'm really happy that I am out of the country because I've really gotten tired of all the mosquitos, snakes, and salamanders," he said.

When it comes to the money involved with keeping the home, the Gilbertsons said they haven't crunched the numbers quite yet. They wanted to enjoy this weekend and not worry about the money.

“I guess the way I look at it is, it was in God's hands when she walked through that door and he got us this far, he'll get us the rest," Art Gilbertson said.

The Gilbertsons say they will meet sometime next week about finances, but say they shouldn't be a problem.

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