Pioneer Village funding bill inches closer to approval

BISMARCK, N.D. – A bill aimed at allocating state funding to help in moving the Pioneer Village from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds to Burlington has cleared a major hurdle, in the waning moments of the 2019 session.

The bill passed through the Senate with a vote of 42 to 4. The bill has $150,000 in funding coming from state funds, with the North Dakota State Fair agreeing to increase its private amount from $50,000 to $100,000. The fair’s increase is contingent on if the bill passes the legislature.

The Ward County Historical Society has said the move will likely cost at least $800,000, and has continued to fundraise while lobbying for the bill.

The village must be moved off the fairgrounds by June 15. Two of the structures have already been moved to their new location.

It’s unclear when the House will take up the bill.