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Scheels to Buy Controversial NDSU Plane

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North Dakota State University's plane controversy appears to be over. The university's development foundation has signed a letter of intent to sell the aircraft to Scheels All Sports, Inc.

The foundation purchased the plane in 2007 but the cost came under scrutiny from lawmakers. The legislature passed a bill this year essentially requiring the NDSU to sell the plane by 2017.

"Out of respect for the legislature and their intentions, we're pleased to have this opportunity to sell the plane several years in advance of the legislative deadline," said Doug Mayo, president and CEO of the Development Foundation.

Mayo adds that the deal with Scheels is a win-win.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the NDSU Development Foundation and for our prospective buyer, creating a win-win scenario for both parties," Mayo says. 

The Foundation has owned planes since 1972.

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