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Published August 19, 2011, 06:40 PM

EGF Heritage Days Fundraiser Helping Build New Projects

Organizers of Heritage Days in East Grand Forks are hoping for a bigger and better turnout this year than in the past, in part to help pay for projects in the works.

Organizers of Heritage Days in East Grand Forks are hoping for a bigger and better turnout this year than in the past, in part to help pay for projects in the works.

"If you could add up all the hours donated, it's been well into the thousands already on this building, let alone the rest of the grounds," heritage board member Donna Schaffer said.

Schaffer is grateful for the hours put in for a new building. But more work is needed.

Schaffer and her husband have run the printing press with for more than five years and they're running out of space.

"Without this new building we wouldn't be able to continue to grow," Schaffer said.

The project has been in the works for three years and may take up to two more because they need more money. Volunteers have already donated time, lumber and money to help with the project.

"This building that we just put up is 40 by 110 and we'll have a 12 foot aisle down the center of it," heritage foundation board member Dale Helms said.

Heritage Days helps raise money for projects like this. Organizers still need nearly $15,000 to finish the project.

"We're probably at the point where we're going to be for the winter with it now there's a lot of work to get it ready," Helms said.

The building will have a printing shop, a memory room signifying the past, a saloon, and lawyer and bankers offices. And the aisle will help with storage space in the winter.

"This new building, it just expands the possibilities. We've got new things coming in that we wouldn't have had room for," Schaffer said.

The Heritage Days fundraiser usually raises between $15,000 to $20,000 dollars.

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