Pioneer Village civil trial begins in Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - Testimony began in district court Tuesday in the civil dispute over the fate of the pioneer village.

The North Dakota State Fair wants to evict the Ward County Historical Society from their property.

Day one of the trial between the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society centered on roughly five hours of testimony from Jerry Iverson, the former State Fair general manager.

Iverson testified to the back-and-forth between the State Fair the Historical Society on the fair's attempts to relocate the Pioneer Village, which has lied on the west end of the fairgrounds since the 1950's.

According to testimony, the fair offered the Historical Society $10,000 to move in the late 70s. Other attempted moves were community driven, and the historical society rejected all four attempts.

Iverson also testified that, up until this most recent eviction attempt, the fair not required the village to move.

Testimony will continue Wednesday morning at the Ward County Courthouse.