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Post-Bulletin: Students use Winona Habitat project as learning tool

Future homeowners look forward to new home, grateful for help in getting house built.

By Brian Todd, April 30, 2021

WINONA — Sometime around December or just after the new year begins, Melissa Skappel and her family will move into their new home. When that day comes, though, they'll have already spent hundreds of hours inside their home, often with a hammer or a paint brush.

Skappel and her family – along with community volunteers – are building their home through Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties Homeownership Program.


That said, much of the work thus far has been completed by students from the construction technologies program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona.

By the end of April, the students expected to have the whole house framed – roof and all – with a goal of having the house enclosed by the time the semester ends in two more weeks. Having the student pitch in has moved the project forward quickly during a time when COVID-19 restrictions might have kept construction delayed.

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