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Grand Opening held for Winona State University's 'Education Village'

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) - A $31.2 million project is now complete at a local university.

A grand opening celebration was held for Winona State University's Education Village Thursday in Winona.

The project includes three historic education buildings, located near Winona State University's main campus.

The buildings were renovated to include updated learning and teaching spaces.

WSU students and faculty leaders were joined by with state representatives for the opening.

The new space allow flexibility to learn and change how learning is done.

"We always talk about, in education, the importance of play for early childhood development.  What we forget is play is important for adults.  So how does faculty, students, potential teachers come in and play with the profession, think about what are the needs of our schools and how to do we get our teachers classroom ready to go out and make a difference," Winona State University college of education dean Daniel Kirk.

More than 2,000 WSU students are expected to use the village each year.

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