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Pioneer Village Told To Leave

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The fight for land continues in the dispute between the North Dakota State Fair Board and the Ward County Historical Society over the fate of Pioneer Village.

The Ward County Historical Society received a letter on Monday, December 16 stating that Pioneer Village must leave or the North Dakota State Fair Board will release an eviction notice.

The letter states "that they must remove all of their personal property, fixtures and buildings from the Fairground's Property by January 13, 2014."

That would give Ward County Historical Society 29 days to vacate the premises.

Bruce Brooks, the treasure of Pioneer Village declined to go on camera, but did tell KMOT that it's not possible to remove property in less than 30 days, nor will it happen.

Back in August, Brooks made this comment in an interview.

"The official position right now is that we're not moving. We feel that we have the legal right to be here and that we can stay," says Brooks.

And, after talking to Brooks today, he says, "Our position is that we have the right to be there, and we're sorry that it has reached this point."

In a separate meeting held earlier this year at the State Fair Center, North Dakota State Fair Manager, Renae Korslien, says it all stems from the need to expand.

"It's truly bottom line about growth. And, that's what it is. It isn't like we're trying to just push them out," says Korslien.

The letter the North Dakota State Fair Board sent this week, says they have offered financial assistance and other places to relocate Pioneer Village.

Since the fair board found their resolutions to be unsuccessful, they feel they have "been left no choice other than to pursue the course of action for termination."

Once again, the eviction notice says that The Ward County Historical Society must remove all personal property, and buildings by January 13, 2014 with a specific exception of the original Ward County Historical Society building that is allowed to stay on the property.

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