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Zoo Committee Approves Project Bid

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The Roosevelt Park Zoo moves another step closer to a big addition. Moving past flood recovery and looking to the future, that was the sentiment shared by the Minot Park Board Zoo Committee during their special meeting earlier today.

After some discussion, the Zoo Committee agreed to accept a bid from Rolac Contracting to begin work on a new aviary exhibit at the Roosevelt Park Zoo. The plans are to convert the old Education Center on Zoo grounds into the new exhibit that can house more than 100 birds, and could offer a heated space for other animals. 

The new exhibit has the potential to be open year-round. The total project cost comes in just under $1 million. 

"We do have the resources to do it now. Instead of fighting the flood all the time, I think this is a good opportunity to move a project forward and create something new, something progressive," says Zoo Commissioner Robert Petry.

Since a majority of the work is inside upgrades, the Zoo committee believes the project can begin by the end of January. The completion date is expected to be sometime this July, not long after the Zoo's 2014 opening.

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