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Should the county historical society fight eviction of its Pioneer Village from the state fairgrounds?

  1. Yes, go to court
  2. No, move the village
  3. Negotiate more
  4. Abandon; make the Fair raze it
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Dec-20-13 4:12 PM

Perhaps Pioneer Village should add a copper still then?

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Dec-19-13 7:14 PM

Simple economics. The Pioneer Village is not selling the alcohol like an events center would. The fair board LOVES drunken parties because they get to charge a ridiculous fee for alcohol. And since Minot is a drunk town with all the oil, was before, but add lots of cash and single men and BOOM! Alcohol is king. Hostfest had their first ever alcohol allowed concert I can remember and they sold out of alcohol, had to call for a delivery during the concert. That means dollars. Off topic, but I think they are risking their faithful volunteer's who had to wait on rude drunks and listen to screaming drunken youths. Anyways, the Pioneer Village isn't making money. Maybe they could start hosting Octoberfest or something. Bet the fair board would be screaming for them to stay. Just sell some booze!

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Dec-19-13 5:54 PM

Perhaps the Fair should move to the state capital.

Vote NO.

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Dec-19-13 4:48 PM

The Ward County Historical Society should call the governor and have Jack send in a few hundred National Guardsmen to protect Fort Pioneer Village from the Village Idiots over there at the State Fair Board.

While the National Guard is there, they can give the State Fair Board the bum's rush and force the State Fair Board off of the State Fair Grounds.

The Grinch stole Christmas in Whoville and the State Fair Board steals the grounds of the Pioneer Village from the Ward County Historical Society.

The WCHS can sue for about 10 million dollars and make it a fight worth fighting.

The Grinch's heart was 2 sizes too small, but at least he had one. The State Fair Board has no heart whatsoever.

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Dec-19-13 2:45 PM

the so called state fair already bites, removing a historic site will make it that much worst. if they are thinking of an events center, find a place that you can easily get to/from and parking is a breeze. by the way MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

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Dec-19-13 2:02 PM

"The State Fair Board's master plan includes a plan to eventually build a large events center on the fairgrounds in the location where the exposition and dairy barns, Jaycees Building and 4H building are currently situated."

What I'm reading here is that the State Fair is sick of being a state fair. Without the agricultural element, handicrafts, and Pioneer Village, all that's left is an overpriced carnival and occasional venue for has-been musicians.

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Dec-19-13 1:06 PM

your dealing with the minot mafia so good luck

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Dec-19-13 12:55 PM

I wager "Pioneer" is offensive to someone, somewhere...

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Dec-19-13 12:54 PM

Let's get one thing straight. Takkak love him some turkey legs. Heck, them crab cakes is good eating too. That's what I look forward to, but until then I got my red pen ready to Vote NO, again and again!

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Dec-19-13 11:45 AM

I agree that a move off the fairgrounds would kill the foot traffic for the Pioneer Village. It's a perfect fit right where it is. A good portion of Minot is in the flood zone and the only way to fix that is to move Minot. I don't think that's going to happen. Leave the Pioneer Village where it is, please.

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Dec-19-13 10:57 AM

The city met them this past summer and offered them 3 or 4 plots of land out of the flood plain, one being up at the air museum. The land north of Roosevelt is out of the flood plain according to officials. They could create a great attraction for air and village if they set their mind to it. I don't understand why the SHS didn't jump at the chance to take free land and assistance with the move to save the collection from future floods. I think we need to focus on that. The state fair can have dreams, but se can fight the legislature on future buildings. Minot Council has nothing officially to do with the building on the fair grounds.

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Dec-19-13 10:31 AM

Just what we NEED...more large unused buildings in the flood zone! Renae & the Board, what are you thinking...just trying to get more government money to fund such a unnecessary project!!!

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Dec-19-13 10:01 AM

I see no need for an events center. If it were to be built, why put it where the flood can get it? There are few hotels there. There is no parking close buy. It is stupid to build there. Bad enough the rest of the fair grounds is under threat of flood. Dumb idea. As for the historical village. I think it would be great next to the Roosevelt park in some way. I know that is in the flood too but at least people may see it there. Up on north hill by the air museum, it will only get views once a year during the air show.

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Dec-19-13 9:45 AM

First rule in bad economics, build two of everything.

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Dec-19-13 9:38 AM

I don't see it being much of an attraction outside of the fairgrounds, and will probably not last if forced to move.

Why does the fair need a second "large events center"? Seems to me the current one hardly gets used.

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Dec-19-13 1:54 AM

Move where? Perhaps somewhere that doesn't flood...

Vote NO, again and again, Period.

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