MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A historical society has launched a $2 million fundraising campaign to move a museum off the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot.

The Ward County Historical Society lost a court battle this month with the State Fair Association after a long-running dispute over the Pioneer Village museum, the Minot Daily News reported. The association has wanted the museum removed from the fairgrounds to make room for other plans, but the society has resisted because of a lack of funds.

Society President David Leite says he won't appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

"We don't have the money or the energy left to do an appeal is what the consensus of the organization is," Leite said. "We want to move ahead in a positive fashion."

The society hopes to raise the $2 million to pay for moving 12 historically significant buildings and its contents off the grounds. Leite said the move will be difficult and expensive.

"We have had a couple offers of some land," he said. "We are still looking for a place that would be ideal for our uses ... we're hoping for a free offer of land."

The timeline for moving is still undecided.

"It's going to take a while to get the money, assuming we can get the money," Leite said.

Donations can be made through an online fundraiser linked on the society's website and Facebook page. Donations can also be sent through the Pioneer Village Relocation Campaign at Town and Country Credit Union in Minot.


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