Exterior of Sarina Otaibi's historic home restoration
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Who: Sarina Otaibi
Where: Granite Falls, Minn.

Moxie Measure: More than a year after appearing in our magazine's Save This Old House column, the Weaver house in Granite Falls, Minnesota, still sat empty, despite the city's generous offer of $25,000 to move it to a new site. When Granite Falls native and college student Sarina Otaibi heard the offer, she returned to her hometown and used credit cards and the city's money to finance the house's restoration. Though she'd planned to live there after graduating, she sold the house to pay for a master's program in—you guessed it—historic preservation.
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