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Pioneer Village told to vacate

December 19, 2013

The Ward County Historical Society has been ordered to remove most of the buildings in its Pioneer Village from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds by Jan. 13 or it will receive an eviction notice....

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Dec-19-13 3:50 PM

I'm confused. So the State Fair board wants to build a large events center on the State Fairgrounds in place of the Village? Who is this events center for? Who will PAY for this large Events Center? Is this going to be owned by the City of Minot so the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau can entice conventions away from other cities and host them at this new Events Center on the North Dakota State Fair Grounds? Will North Dakota TAX PAYERS be funding this new large Minot Events Center? If so, then I think every town in North Dakota should get to have a large Events Center built on state property in their town as well, funded by ND Tax Payers. If this Event Center if for the city of Minot, then it should be built somewhere in the city of mind that does not cause a conflict of interest between the city of Minot, State of ND and the taxpayers.

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Dec-19-13 2:07 PM

Let's focus on saving the historical collection from another flood. Then, become very vocal during the legislative session about any more building on the fair grounds.

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Dec-19-13 11:11 AM

Thank you Legend. We do need to do something about this and take it to the people.

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Dec-19-13 10:50 AM

Several things come to mind. The fair board which has members representing all parts of the state and is not limited to Minot citizens had earlier stated a 5 year projection for the move. Now the Jan 13th deadline? They have been willing to meet with the SHS, offered different locations at no charge to the SHS, offered assistance with the move; and have been hit with nothing but a brick wall from the SHS. I know that a couple of the members of the SHS would be willing to meet and negotiate, but have been stone-walled by ONE member. I would think they would have jumped on the opportunity to move out of the flood plain to save our history from further destruction. The Fair board has not proved their case for an event center. I do know they need more room for displays from 4-H, FFA, farmers, ranchers, and gardening, etc. That is the real purpose of a fair, after all.

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Dec-19-13 10:31 AM

How do we start a petition to preserve the Pioneer Village? What steps do the people of Minot have to take to stop the Fair board? This is ridiculous and we don't need to spend anymore money on the State Fair Grounds!

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Dec-19-13 10:29 AM

Heck,No! They won't Go!

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Dec-19-13 1:53 AM

Well, at least they have lawyers involved, which is what MPS should be doing to get money from state for vital educational requirements.

Vote NO, again and again, Period.

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