Native American Cultural and Historical Center

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Douglas County Agricultural Association
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
September 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

To construct a log building that will house Dakota and Ojibway artifacts during the Douglas County Fair. The building will be open to the public at no charge and it will be staffed and operated with the support of the Runestone Museum and the Douglas County Historical Society. Speakers will talk about Native American history, share their own family artifacts, provide instrumental and vocal performances, and be available to converse with visitors as they view the collection.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Pat Coleman: Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Sue Ellingsen: Former middle school band director at Blue Earth Area Public School. 2006 Blue Earth Area Teacher of the Year.
Jamey Flannery: Project Manager at Flannery Construction. Has full range of general contracting experience, from new construction to remodeling to improving historical structures.
Dan Grunhovd: Former president of the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs.
Ron Oleheiser: District 8 Representative of the Minnesota State Fair.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
2011 Laws of Minnesota, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivison 10
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the commissioner of agriculture for grants to county agricultural societies to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage as embodied in its county fairs. The grants shall be in addition to the aid distributed to county agricultural societies under Minnesota Statutes, section 38.02. The commissioner shall award grants as follows: (2) $700,000 each year for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-County Fairs. The commissioner shall award grants for the development or enhancement of county fair facilities or other projects or programs that provide access to the arts, arts education, or agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage programs, including but not limited to agricultural education centers, arts buildings, and performance stages.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Track number of visitors.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Approximately 3,500 fair attendees visited the Native American Cultural and Historical Center throughout the four days of the fair.The Runestone Museum of Alexandria experienced unprecedented interest in their museum.Speakers were impressed with the building and the collection of artifacts.

Source of Additional Funds

Douglas County Agricultural Association

Recipient Board Members
Harry Davis
Andy Siira
Earl Anderson
Duane Samuelson
Dale Buchholz
Mike Maudal
John Strommer
Don Larsen
George Dyrstad
Kathy Franson
Richard Krogh
Ken Olson
Jerry Peper
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Douglas County Agricultural Association
Street Address
300 Fairgrounds Road
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155

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