Pioneer Village move to go before state lawmakers

BISMARCK, N.D. – Leadership with the Ward County Historical Society will push state lawmakers Thursday to support the society’s move of the historic Pioneer Village from the North Dakota State Fair Grounds in Minot to a new plot in Burlington.

Sen. Oley Larson, R-Minot, is sponsoring a bill to appropriate $2 million to the society for the move, according to David Leite, the society’s president.

The society elected to move to Burlington after losing a lengthy civil dispute with the North Dakota State Fair, who contended it had the right to evict the village from the fairgrounds.

A district judge ultimately ruled in favor of the State Fair.

Leite says the society believes it can make the move within a budget of $1.5 million, and have launched a fundraising campaign, but to date have only raised $45,000.

The hearing is set for 9:45 a.m. in the Red River Room before the Senate Political Subdivision Committee.