County Board “Will Consider All Options” Regarding Old Auditorium

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Members of the County Board said Tuesday, they have been “talking for years” about what to do with the former City Auditorium in downtown Thief River Falls.

Pennington County Board Chair Bruce Lawrence says when people bring up the Auditorium to him, the first thing they mention is taxes. County commissioners are looking into cost of demolition, saying that has to be an option as the county considers which way to go. Lawrence says at this time the County Board has no plans to move forward.

Faye Auchenpaugh and Ivette Garrett from the Auditorium Committee presented a draft report from the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Commission, on results of the public input process, with information taken at two public meetings and at a booth during the 2019 Pennington County Fair. The report was presented to County Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday at the Justice Center in downtown Thief River Falls.

A final copy of the report is due out next week. Lawrence says that document will be available for review on the Pennington County Website. He says the county will consider all options moving forward, saying “either way we go, its going to be an expensive venture.”

An effort to get the Auditorium listed on the National Register of Historic places is still in motion.

The Auditorium issue and the proposed 2020 Levy are expected to be discussed at the next commissioners meeting September 24th, 5PM at the Justice Center in downtown Thief River Falls.

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