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The Dakota County Agricultural Society, Inc. in collaboration with Dakota City Heritage Village is pleased to announce the award of a grant by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  The award was given for exterior restoration of three historic buildings.  These local structures, relocated to Dakota City thirty years ago to portray a 1900 era rural village, include the 1867 Vermillion Presbyterian Church, the District 96 One Room School and the 1861 frame building originally built as a school and currently serving as the Dakota City Gift Shop.  These are among the seventeen historic buildings used for educational
programs offered to school children and the general public.  Over 5,000 young students visit annually to experience past agricultural and rural village life in Dakota County as it was a century ago.

Exterior restoration work will include repairs to windows, doors and siding in keeping with their original structure and appearance, re-tuck pointing of chimneys, treatment of the lead paint already existing on the buildings, priming and repainting. The restoration work will be performed by Beaver Creek Company, Inc. of Farmington, MN and Dakota County Ag Society staff.  It is planned to have the work completed by October 2013.