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Historical Society Responds

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This afternoon we talked with Bruce Brooks -- treasurer for the Historical Society.

He said, had an official invitation been extended to the group to be at today's meeting, they would have attended -- but that didn't come, and in fact officials only learned of the meeting late Monday.

The action by the State Fair Board today to deny the Historical Society land on the fairgrounds seems like a final step before the issue would hit the courts.

Brooks says he anticipates being told the Historical Society will have to leave.

He sites that 1966 agreement though, where it is said the Society could locate there.

However, that agreement states that only one building could be brought in.

The Society started with one...but of course more buildings have been moved to the site since...

Brooks said one additional building came after approval from the State Fair, while others were moved in without written agreement...but without objection from the Fair either.

Bruce Brooks - Historical Society Treasurer) "If they want to push it into the court, we are ready to go. We still think we have a legal right to be there on that '66 agreement. We don't want to, but we haven't been able to come to any reasonable conclusions or compromises or anything else so it is their call."

The Ward County Historical Society has been in existence since 1951, and has been largely restored after being hit by the Mouse River Flood two years ago.

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