Just a few weeks ago we reported that the North Dakota State Fair officials sat down to continue their discussion on a possible Pioneer Village relocation. However, the Ward County Historical Society believes they have the right to stay.
Officials from Visit Minot, the Chamber, the City and members from the Ward County Historical Society met this afternoon to try and move forward with a resolution. Emotions were high when discussing what to do with the existing location of Pioneer Village.
"The community can help afford one move but we can't afford to help the fair move," says John MacMartin, Chamber of Commerce.
The State Fair Board approached the Ward County Historical Society earlier this year to discuss the possibility of relocating Pioneer Village to expand the state fair grounds. That would mean moving the historical buildings off of the property.
The Ward County Historical Society was open to discuss of the potential move, but the idea of visitors finding their new location concerns one of its member.
"Because if we didn't have the visitors we get during the fair and Hostfest, there's no way we'd get that audience even across from Roosevelt Park," says Bruce Brooks, Ward County Historical Society.
One idea was to move the building close to the Air Museum.
"Having another museum, another attraction like yourself, very close. I think it will only be a boost for you and a boost got them," Wendy Howe, Visit Minot.
Both parties were trying to come up with a possible resolution. And even some compromises.
"Would you be open to the possibility of letting us stay where we are? Because putting all of those building in straight line would take up very little space. And, you could have a little bit of yard in front of those buildings; everything backed along the river there. And, that would pave the way for any kind of roadway or entry way that would go right past the front of all of those historic buildings, one in a row on the west side," says Glenn Breuer, Ward County Historical Society.
Although there is still no official word on what will happen next, both parties are moving forward.
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