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These external shades block direct sunlight from heating the classrooms of the Osgood Kindergarten Center in warmer months when the sun is high. Light above the shade hits a light shelf inside the classroom that bounces the light onto the classroom's ceiling for indirect lighting. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

West Fargo school goes green

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WEST FARGO -- West Fargo's new Osgood Kindergarten Center may be the "greenest" school in the area thanks to new energy-saving, environment-friendly features.

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From cabinets constructed out of sunflower hulls to linoleum made out of corks and other natural materials, school design has gone green.

"We made an extra effort for this one," said architect Mark Lundberg of Moorhead-based YHR Partners.

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