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CHEYENNE - The Niobrara County Hospital Board has asked the state for help in paying off renovations to its hospital in Lusk, which has been closed for three years and is set to reopen next September.

One year ago, the renovations were projected to cost $1.9 million, but that figure has since grown to more than $2 million due to a higher base bid and unexpected expenses such as a new kitchen, board member Mel ZumBrunnen said Thursday.

Board members asked the State Loan and Investment Board for help with the shortfall, estimated between $1.1 million and $1.2 million, saying they had exhausted all local resources.

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The bid will be open for 60 days, but the state board was not expected to vote on funding requests until January.

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