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Editorial: 'Habitat' home is fine project

Every Sunday on ABC'S "Extreme Home Makeover" program, a different family that has suffered some type of hardship or tragedy gets an extravagant, brand-new home constructed for them.

How do those added taxes ever get paid?

We like to think Habitat for Humanity offers something a little bit better -- even though it might not make quite as good television.

On Saturday, Amber Nordby and her family took part in the groundbreaking for their new Worthington home. The house, unlike those on ABC's weekly program, won't be funded by huge sponsorships from Sears and other companies. Instead, a combination of Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will pay 65 percent of construction costs, while Habitat for Humanity of Southwestern Minnesota will fund 25 percent and other Lutheran congregations the other 10 percent.

Additionally, Nordby's new home won't be built in six days by a "design team." Nordby and her family and friends will provide 300 hours of "sweat equity" on the home (no, they won't be given a far-away vacation while their home is constructed). Dan Wagner of Wagner Construction has also offered his services for the project, which will result in a humble, 988-square-foot new home (no "Extreme" mansion, but a significantly better place to live than a cramped apartment).

We thank all involved with these and other Habitat for Humanity projects for providing an extremely good community service.