Evicted museum moving from North Dakota State Fairgrounds

May 17, 2019 GMT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Officials have begun relocating a historical museum — buildings and all — from the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot to a nearby site.

The Ward County Historical Society last August lost a long-running court battle to keep its Pioneer Village Museum on the fairgrounds, but it found a new donated site in nearby Burlington. There are a dozen historically significant buildings that need to be moved 8 miles west, including old houses, a schoolhouse, an automotive building, a depot and a church.

The Legislature earlier this year approved $150,000 for the move, and the State Fair Association will provide $100,000 if the society meets a June 15 deadline to move the museum buildings. More volunteer help and donations are still needed, society board member Dan Caswell told the Minot Daily News.


“A lot of us (have) worked 40 to 60 hours per week, plus spent hundreds of (dollars) of our own on fuel (and) equipment donations,” he said.

Much of the work at the fairgrounds has been done.

“We definitely are not done yet, as we have to put everything back together in Burlington, and new shingles on the school as they have blown off,” Caswell said.

The association had wanted the museum to leave the property since 2013 to make room for its own plans, but the historical society resisted. The case was mired in district court for several years, ending with a ruling asserting that the State Fair Association owns the land under the museum. The society decided not to appeal to the state Supreme Court.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com