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A dream turned into a nightmare for a couple unable to live in their home

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Laurie Daniel's home in Pickwick, Minnesota
Laurie Daniel's unfinished home in Pickwick, Minnesota
Laurie Daniel's home in Pickwick, Minnesota
Laurie Daniel's unfinished home in Pickwick, Minnesota
Laurie Daniel's home in Pickwick, Minnesota
Laurie Daniel's unfinished home in Pickwick, Minnesota



PICKWICK, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A dream turns into a nightmare for Laurie Daniel and Rick Hardy of Pickwick, Minnesota.

They had hopes of building their "dream home" in the bluffs and they scored big by receiving help from a local college, but instead they're left with what they say is a disaster.

"Paying taxes and insurance on a house we can't live in. Our insurance won't cover the schools negligence in building," said Laurie Daniel.

Forcing them to live in a much smaller space.

"[We live] In a 16 by 32 pole building," continued Daniel.

In 2016 their home was selected by Minnesota State College Southeast as their "Carpentry House," where students were supposed to come in and build a home to learn. The project was supposed to be finished in June of 2017.

"They were to have the home completed by June 30th of 2017 and we ended up extending the contract, the students left, the builder went off and worked other places and was never here. So when the new expiration on the contract came up September 15th, he hadn't finished anything," explained Daniel.

They say the students, led by school Vice President Michael Kroening, left their home unfinished and unlivable, with no heat or plumbing, water damage, and mold.

Daniel says she was trying to work on their home in 2017 when she suddenly felt something wrong.

"I was up in the house looking at things for placement, we were getting things painted in there. We didn't know why I was having a hard time getting my air after being in the home and walking around for maybe an hour. All of a sudden I had problems getting my air and breathing, so we didn't know at that time the extent of the mold, because it was being hidden by the instructor and the painter," said Daniel.

She says she was sent to the emergency room from all of the mold. Mold that's still in her home to this day.

"Why should I pay for it and fix it? It's a $200,000 fix. I've already paid for the house. I'm not paying another cent until they fix it," continued Daniel.

FOX 47 reached out to Minnesota State College Southeast, who declined to speak to us, but issued a statement that reads in full: "Thank you for contacting us. As we are in the early stages of litigation in this matter, we cannot comment on it."

Daniel says she intends to fight until the very end and FOX 47 will follow this story as it makes its way through the legal process.



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