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NIC president asks BNSF to donate land

The president of North Idaho College has asked billionaire Warren Buffett if the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway would consider donating a piece of land it owns to the college.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Priscilla Bell wrote to Buffett in August and school officials say they could have an answer by the end of the month. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate acquired BNSF last February.

Bell admitted to “being a bit bold” in asking the company to donate the 2.63-acre strip of land the growing Coeur d’Alene campus would like to use to improve traffic flow.

Bell told Buffett the $700,000 price BNSF placed on the land is “completely out of our reach.” The land is adjacent to a BNSF right of way that is being abandoned.


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