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Museum annual meeting gives good report for 2022

By Enterprise Staff
The Kittson County Historical Society held its annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, one week after previously scheduled due to poor weather.
Three board members were re-elected to serve – Anna Jauhola, Paul Johnson and David Lindegard.
Museum Director Cindy Adams presented a written 2022 progress report, which showed an overall good year. The construction of the new addition was mostly completed and the board hosted a grand opening for a new exhibit in the addition. This space was also used to help Minnesota’s Historic Northwest organization celebrate its 25th anniversary in August.
The museum was more active throughout the year after having a year and half of caution due to COVID. There was a hamburger fundraiser, car show, art show and live music in June, which was a big hit.
This summer the Norland pioneer cabin was renovated and is again usable. The depot was also scraped and painted, and outdoor equipment display was cleaned up. The Silent Auction returned this summer as well, and was a successful fundraiser for the museum.
While many look forward to a calendar, postage and other costs have eliminated this project for 2023. However, members can look for a coupon in the upcoming newsletter for a discount in the museum’s gift shop.
The coming year also marks the museum’s 50th year. The employees and board members are working to mark this milestone with special events and an exhibit.
Also, the endowment fund continues to do well, despite the volatile markets. Although it lost about 5 percent in 2022, it is holding its own.
The last big event at the museum this year is the return of the Christmas Open House. On Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy goodies and a barbecue lunch for a freewill donation. The funds raised will go toward an upgraded fire and security system throughout the original museum and the new addition.

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