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Published August 17, 2010, 06:19 PM

Group Hopes to Save 120-Year-Old Crookston Hotel

A group is trying to save a historic hotel in downtown Crookston. They say restoring it would cost the county half the money of tearing it down.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A group is trying to save a historic hotel in downtown Crookston. They say restoring it would cost the county half the money of tearing it down.

"We have one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in downtowns," said Kay Hegge, a member of Prairie Skyline. The group wanting to save the building.

When it comes to the Palace Hotel, Hegge wants it to stay a part of historic downtown Crookston.

"It's the green thing to do to recycle the building. Especially those built to last hundreds of years," said Hegge.

Formerly known as the Wayne, the Palace Hotel has been around for 120 years and is included in the National Register of Historic Places There are plans to tear the building down next month.

"It's a beautiful architectural space we'd be losing."

Polk County Commissioners voted to tear down the building. Hegge said her ideas would cost less than demolishing the building. Turning it into an outdoor pavillion is on the list.

" The palace pavillion idea, which would be a covered open space because of the weather. It would be for arts events, gatherings, meetings. A place for the youth to hang out."

Prairie Skyline is hoping to meet with the commissioners board to work out a plan.

" It's not a question of hope anymore. It's a question of I will talk to the issue and when. That's all"

Visit www.prairieskyline.com to find out more about the group.

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