FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brought the annual meeting for Fort Pierre’s Verendrye Museum. The meal and meeting took place at the Senior Center in Fort Pierre. During the meeting, discussion focused on the return of the former Fort Pierre Train Depot and other topics. The museum also presented its Spirit of Fort Pierre award to Milt Morris of Morris Inc. for the support he has given to work that’s been underway for at least two years to bring the more than 100-year-old train depot back to Fort Pierre from the Mud Butte area. The depot was moved from Fort Pierre to northwest South Dakota by a rancher who bought the building and other abandoned depots that were deemed surplus in the 1960’s. The Bring it Home Committee, which is lead by Fort Pierre’s Gary Grittner, has been working on the project and Grittner said he believes the depot will be back in Fort Pierre and placed on a foundation by May 1 of this year. The building will be located just south of where it once served train passengers and freighters. Its new home will be on the north side of the turnout area of Fort Pierre that houses a statue in honor of rodeo great Casey Tibbs.
Also at Saturday’s meeting, an election was held to fill open positions on the Verendrye Museum Board of Directors. Five people were nominated to fill three spots on the board. Those chosen to fill the seats were Darby Nutter, Joyce Larson and Brent Pries. They join others on the board including Zay Norman, Connie Grittner, John Duffy, Karl Fischer, Tom Bown and Bob Iversen. The election of officers among the board will take place at the next museum meeting.
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