WALKER -- The Cass County Historical Society has proposed the county begin talks with the city of Walker to make the county museum a year-around facility.
The society board of directors submitted by letter their annual request to the county budget committee, seeking $15,000 for operations in 2002.
They also protested paying $1,652.42 insurance, primarily for insuring the county-owned building they occupy in Walker, a block east of the courthouse.
That mostly unheated building will be opened Thursdays only this winter to permit the increasing number of people wanting to use the historical society's library to access it, the letter states.
The board of directors said the Minnesota Historical Society expects to successfully place the conservation building in that same block east of the courthouse on the National Register of Historic Sites in 2002.
The Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce currently occupies the conservation building.
The historical society board of directors suggests their museum and library should be moved to the heated conservation building and an addition constructed onto it to provide a larger museum area.
Walker, they suggest, could then buy the current museum building from the county and remodel it to house the chamber of commerce.
The historical society recommendation was referred to the county board capital improvements committee.
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