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Paul Flessland, Published February 05 2013

Bonanzaville opens year-round Cass County Museum

WEST FARGO – The ribbon has been cut and the Cass County Museum is officially open.

With Tuesday’s opening of the Cass County Museum, Bonanzaville will have attractions open year round and will better help “tell the story and history of Cass County,” said museum curator Andrew Nielsen.

The event attracted 75 to 100 guests for the grand opening, which included free admittance for the day.

The museum, which is operated by the Cass County Historical Society, holds artifacts from all throughout the county’s history – from a horse effigy made by Sitting Bull’s cousin to a 55-million-year-old-fossil.

“People would be surprised by what we have here,” said Troy White, executive director at Bonanzaville. “Every time you go through you find something new.”

Along with the museum, Bonanzaville’s new rotating exhibit featuring Abraham Lincoln’s legacy in North Dakota is now on display. Both the museum and the rotating exhibit will be open year round.

Bonanzaville’s Pioneer Village will continue to be open only during warmer months, starting in May.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said in a statement the museum will help the community “keep in mind the history of where we come from and where we are going.”

White agrees that the importance of the museum is not to be understated.

“Every community needs people to record their history,” White said, “and we are those people.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Paul Flessland at (701) 241-5502

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