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NDSU Downtown dedication today

A host of dignitaries will help North Dakota State University dedicate its new downtown campus today, followed by a public celebration with live music.

A host of dignitaries will help North Dakota State University dedicate its new downtown campus today, followed by a public celebration with live music.

The dedication begins at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot outside NDSU Downtown, the former Northern School Supply building at 650 NP Ave.

Speakers will include NDSU President Joseph Chapman; Doug Burgum, the NDSU alum and Microsoft executive who saved the building from demolition; Gov. John Hoeven; Democratic U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan and U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy; Fargo Mayor Bruce Furness; and North Dakota University System Chancellor Robert Potts.

The full day of events kicks off at 11:30 a.m. with NDSU musicians performing at the Plains Art Museum. Museum admission will be free and lunch will be available at Café Muse.

Musicians will include NDSU's Saxophone Quartet, Concert Choir, Blue Note Jazz Combo, Musical Theatre Troupe and Alterior Motiv.

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The downtown Fargo Theatre will present "My Architect," a film about the life of 20th century architect Louis Kahn, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. free of charge.

The downtown celebration begins at 4:30 p.m. with NDSU's Gold Star Marching Band.

From 4:30 to 10 p.m., the public can sample food from downtown restaurants and join in a downtown dance in the Old Broadway parking lot. Patents Pending, featuring Robert Headlee, will provide the tunes, followed by Betty and Veronica.

In case of inclement weather, the event will move into the Fargo Civic Center.

The National Weather Service has forecast partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 70s today for Fargo.

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