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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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Legend

Dec-19-13 11:42 PM

WCHS: Don't move a thing. Force the hand of the bullies. Whatever they do is wrong. Public opinion is with your case.

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Legend

Dec-19-13 7:49 PM

just who r these "community leaders", and r they elected or self-appointed. do they have a right to speak 4 us? Come into the light so we know who to contact.

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Legend

Dec-19-13 6:10 PM

It started as the all seasons arena with private funds because the vote was no 4 tax money. per karen krebsbach the local community has given $14 to $17 million to the state fair over the years. Most of the use is commercial all year. the state fair should be the owner. hostefest is said to be a party interested in the new events center. they have benefited from virtually every improvement to the center and parking lots because they use it all. they say they rent it. my best guess is they will ask 4 state money first to build it. if that doesn't work, maybe a maysa type city/private funding scheme. i strongly disagree with tax money promoting business and if we can't afford flood control or schools , how can we afford a new center?

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Legend

Dec-19-13 5:59 PM

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SayWhat

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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disgusted

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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Legend

Dec-19-13 11:27 AM

All of the effort to*****the fairgrounds would have been better spent on permanent flood control. Building and event center in the flood zone defies respect 4 tax money and comman sense. It does show greed.

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keyzgirl62

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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Legend

Dec-19-13 11:00 AM

Pilgrims: hostefest has spoken--the show must go on--at your expense. Maybe now u understand y i have never attended the lutefisk feed. I have visited Pioneer Village every year and find it a key element of the fair.

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Legend

Dec-19-13 10:52 AM

62: 1. Call the "community leaders" and express your opinion.(if u can find them) 2. Call your state reps. 3. Stop voting 4 the same people in city, county and state elections.

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disgusted

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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keyzgirl62

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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keyzgirl62

Dec-19-13 10:29 AM

Heck,No! They won't Go!

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Legend

Dec-19-13 10:06 AM

"Minot community Leaders"? We don't have FLOOD CONTROL or SCHOOL money but we will have money 4 an EVENT CENTER To be built in the flood zone?

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Legend

Dec-19-13 10:06 AM

"Minot community Leaders"? We don't have FLOOD CONTROL or SCHOOL money but we will have money 4 an EVENT CENTER To be built in the flood zone?

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Legend

Dec-19-13 9:57 AM

So the SHS had a deal with a different org.? DONT MOVE. What is with Jan 13? Are they already starting the EVENT CENTER? (In the winter?). Don't let the Minot bullies give u the boot. The court of public opinion is on your side. MPS: Do u get it now? This is why the vote was no. Do u think our state reps. r doing their job when they allow this t happen? Watch how city sales tax or state money pays 4 the EVENT CENTER. They want barns gone too? Just how big is this Event Center they plan to build with tax money IN THE FLOOD ZONE?

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takkak

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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