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The week that was

July 21, 2013
Minot Daily News

DISCOVERY BARN REOPENS Piece by piece, Roosevelt Park?Zoo is returning to its pre-flood condition. The latest reopening was held last week for the zoo's Discovery Barn. Built in 1997 by construction students from Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center, the building suffered major damage in 2011's flood. Thanks to considerable financial help from Power of the Purse, the Discovery Barn is once again open for visitors. Fittingly, students from Job Corps again helped with repairing the building. The structure is used for a variety of purposes, from housing static exhibits to being the center for the zoo's summer camps. The barn's reopening represents another step toward recovery for the zoo, which has made great strides toward repairing and rebuilding all of its flood-damaged exhibits. There is much more work to be done, with the otter exhibit and the penguin exhibit, two of the major displays that have yet to be repaired. But those will be done in time, and we look forward to Roosevelt Park Zoo reopening in its entirety.



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