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New Scout building to rise on fairgrounds

After nearly 60 years of use at the Pierce County Fairgrounds, the Scout House is being replaced with a new building.

Officials from the county and the local American Legion post, which sponsors the Scouts, signed a 99-year lease last week for the new 26-by-24 foot structure to be built on the grounds. Ellsworth Legion Commander Glenn Wakefield said Thursday the new quarters should be available in time for the next county fair.

"The building has been ordered," Wakefield said, expecting construction to begin after the first of the year.

The metal building will be heated, and feature a cement floor, a couple of windows and a roll-up door, he said. When not being operated by the Scouts for their sales, it will serve them for trailer storage.

The facility will be located just to the west of the north fairgrounds entrance off of Cairns Street, the commander said. A site closer to the Beldenville Old Car Club headquarters had been considered, but a water main through the vicinity conflicted. The village board approved the project last month.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 5.