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Saving the village

May 5, 2013

Jim Goodman, Minot I was surprised and saddened when I first heard of the possibility of closing the historical Pioneer Village at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot and eliminating it......

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May-07-13 6:47 PM

I posted on a previous letter about the pioneer village. I think it should be left alone and restored right where it stands. I drove around in the residential area that is a bit west of the fair grounds. Much of the area looks like it has not been restored at all since the flood. If the fair board wants more space, they can buy up some of the lots back there. I like looking at the buildings each year. I would like to see the school house come in too for display. It is still all about the bucks. We have enough rides and concerts. How about the folks who love history. It is an area of the fair grounds that could be utilized all year around not just the week of the fair. Many of those old buildings could make some great places for festivities of all kinds.

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May-05-13 4:29 PM

Oh, Jack, now you have gone too far

The Historical Property needs to be preserved. I do believe that they need to be looking for a different site AWAY from the river if they really sincerely want to preserve and not loose what they have. Does that mean work? Yes, Does it have to move this year or next year? No. It is between the haves and the have nots? no. The State Fair, as is every fair, for the farmers and ranchers and their kids to show their wares, livestock, barrel racing, etc and all of that is free to watch. Everything does not have to be so divisive. Maybe they should move the Historical Site to the NE corner, condemn that ugly scrap metal yard on the SE corner and expand the parking. Has the historical society started fund raising? I haven't heard of any fund raiser. They could start by setting up donation stands at the State Fair.

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May-05-13 1:39 PM

It does take a village. It takes a village to stop the village idiots from destroying it.

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May-05-13 9:15 AM

To lose the State Fair would be awful. Minot had to work very hard to have its fair named the State Fair which increases participation in the various areas - such as animals, quilts, etc as well as displays. That being said I feel the Historical Society should be allowed to remain in order to celebrate North Dakota history. I think we should write letters to the State Fair Board - many letters.

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May-05-13 7:14 AM

The North Dakota State Fair Board and the Ward County Historical Society can no longer see eye-to-eye.

The change that really needs to take place is to have the North Dakota State Fair Board find a new place for the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society can become the Ward County Fair Board and have a new Ward County Fair.

Forget about the North Dakota State Fair if they aren't willing to work it out with the Ward County Historical Society. The State Fair can find new digs instead.

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