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Published July 09, 2010, 05:42 PM

Country School Turned Museum

Rosebud Township in Polk County, Minnesota is donating its one-room schoolhouse to be used as a museum in nearby Fosston. The school was picked up off its foundation and moved today.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

Carol Wold/FORMER TEACHER- "It was a challenge, but that's what was done in those days," Carol Wold, a former teacher at Moen School, says.

The challenge of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse is now a thing of the past, but soon a museum will be preserving that memory.

"I hope that they'll see how their grandparents and great-grandparents where they received their education in days when they were young compared to what it is like now," Wold says.

Moen School was built in 1907 and used for grades one through eight for more than 50 years.

Rosebud Township donated the school to the East Polk Heritage Center in March.

"The school was located right here on this foundation but was moved about three miles into Fosston to be used as a museum."

"It will represent all the schools- and there's about 84 to 85 different country schools- that were in East Polk County," Judy Newton, East Polk Heritage Center secretary, says.

Today's move took about an hour, but there is still much more work to be done.

"It needs a good cleaning up. The outside needs to be scraped and you know repainted," Newton says.

The move cost about $25,000, but once everything is finished, the former school house will be home to decades of history.

"It will be part of the Heritage Center museum pieces that we have here. And you know, it'll be here for generations to come," Newton says.

"And I think it's wonderful that it will be preserved as a living memento to country schools in the area," Wold says.

A book will be published with memories from former students and teachers to help raise money for the move and for the museum.