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Senate rejects bill to let museum stay on State Fairgrounds; battle also being fought in court


BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have allowed a museum to stay on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot.

The Minot Daily News reports ( ) the Senate has voted 28-18 to reject the measure that would have allowed the Ward County Historical Society to keep its Pioneer Village on the fairgrounds.

The village has a schoolhouse, log cabin, train depot, general store, post office, blacksmith shop and church, among other structures. The State Fair Association wants the museum off the grounds so it can use the property for other purposes.

The historical society believes a 49-year-old contract gives it the right to remain on the land.

The battle also is being fought in the courts, with both sides asking a judge to rule in its favor.

Information from: Minot Daily News,

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