State Fair, Historical Society managers testify in Pioneer Village trial

MINOT, N.D. - Some high-ranking officials with the North Dakota State Fair and the Ward County Historical Society testified Thursday in the civil trial over the fate of the Pioneer Village.

Day two of the trial began with State Fair General Manager Renae Korslien taking the stand.

Korslien testified that in the wake of damage to the village in the 2011 flood, the fair used the opportunity to offer to help the village move.

Ward County Historical Society Site Director Sue Bergan testified that the village's inclusion in the State Fair's ownership of the land in 1966 was an error and that the society has a property interest at the fairgrounds.

Both Bergan and Korslien said the fair expressed a desire for them to leave.

The trial is scheduled through the end of the week at the Ward County Courthouse in Minot