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Canada sells consulate general's residence in Minnesota for $1.6M US

Minnesota's Department of Transportation commissioner is mounting a Canadian takeover, confirming he has purchased a Minneapolis home that has been the official residence of the Canadian consulate general.

U.S. bus company owner buys 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home for $1.65M US

Minnesota's Department of Transportation commissioner is mounting a Canadian takeover.

Charlie Zelle, a bus company owner and Minnesota's transportation commissioner, has purchased the Minneapolis lakeshore home that had been the Canadian consulate general official residence. (State of Minnesota/AP/Canadian Press)

Charlie Zelle confirmed Wednesday he has purchased a five-bedroom, five-bathroom Minneapolis lakeshore home that has been the official residence of the Canadian consulate general.

Records show Charles and Julie Zelle paid $1.65 million US for the property, with the seller listed as "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth."

The Zelles will now sell their current Minneapolis home, which assessment records value at $2 million. Zelle made his fortune from a family-owned commercial bus line.

Kevin Gutknecht, a spokesman for the Zelles, says the home's ownership history "was not an incentive to buy it. It was just an interesting story to go along with the house."

A Canadian consulate spokeswoman didn't return messages about the sale or future residence plans.

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