Budget Proposals Threaten NW. Co. Fur Post’s Existance

Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 10:00 am

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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s proposed budget includes up to 15-percent cuts to the Minnesota Historical Society.  If approved in the final version of the state budget, this means the Northwest Company Fur Post would close.  The Fur Post, located in Pine City, is one of three historic sites in the state that would shut down on July 1st.

Patrick Schifferdecker is the Fur Post Manager.  He says if the site is closed, 20 people would lose their job, three full-time employees and 17 seasonal.

Schifferdecker talks about the impact losing the Fur Post would have on the region:

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Schifferdecker says the reason the Northwest Company Fur Post is on the list of potential closing sites, is because it is in the bottom third in attendance for state historical sites.  He says because of the lower attendance, the cost per visitor is priced higher.

Representative Tim Faust (DFL-Hinckley) tells Red Rock Radio that he believes the House and Senate versions of the budget would keep the Fur Post open.   The House is proposing a ten-percent cut to the MN Historical Society, and the Senate version proposes slashing seven-percent.

Schifferdecker says the Governor’s proposal is “the worst case scenario.”  He encourages community residents to contact Governor Pawlenty’s Office and their local legislators in an effort to keep the Northwest Company Fur Post running.

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