Museum bill passes House

Andrea Johnson/MDN Huwe the House Mover was removing more of the buildings from the Pioneer Village at the fairgrounds Tuesday to move them to their new home in Burlington.

The state House gave final approval on Tuesday to a bill that would provide funding for the Ward County Historical Society to move its Pioneer Village from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds to its new home in Burlington. The vote was 80 in favor and two absent.

The bill calls for $150,000 to come from the state’s general fund in the form of a grant from the ND Historical Society. The state will give the money provided that the buildings are removed from the fairgrounds by June 15 and that the State Fair Association give no less than $100,000 to the county historical society for the Pioneer Village move.

The bill received final passage by the Senate on Monday. It must still be signed into law by the governor. A story in Tuesday’s edition of The Minot Daily News incorrectly said the bill was passed by the state House on Monday when it was actually by the state Senate.

Huwe the House Mover was moving more of the buildings at the fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin Huwe, owner of Huwe the House Mover, was working on moving the school house at the museum. Also being moved are the blacksmith shop and the general store in the Pioneer Village. Huwe said he plans to move the blacksmith shop out to Burlington sometime today. The county historical society also continues to fund raise to pay for the move and to establish the museum out in Burlington.