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Bob the triceratops has a new home

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Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - One of Valley City's oldest and boniest residents has a new home.

Bob the dinosaur is all put together tonight at the Barnes County Museum on Main Street. This after a few  adjustments to get the big Triceratops through the front door.

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It is now the new centerpiece of the Barnes County Museum in Valley City.

Everett Komrosky/ Helping with Bob: “It’s awesome, it’s big and beefy.”

And Bob is more than just a bag of bones.

Alan Komrosky/ Paleontologist-Owner of Bob: "The fact is there's a lot of super glue you put inside these bones so we buy super glue by the case and by the gallon."

Bob is 65 million years old.

Alan Komrosky: "I'm very happy to have it here in Valley City"

Found in western North Dakota 11-years ago.

Alan Komrosky: "It's amazing, and then the fact that this is one of the largest one’s ever found too."

Bob is Local dinosaur hunter Alan Komrosky 's baby.

A real modern stone-age family helping put it back together.

It has taken Alan 10 years to dig, clean and assemble Bob.

Alan Komrosky: "You don't get much bigger than this."

Bob the Triceratops has been for sale. A mere $1.4 million. A recent scheduled sale of Bob…

Alan Komrosky: "To Saudi Arabia"

Fell through and so the museum opened its doors...sort of, to Bob.

Initially there was a concern that Bob couldn't even find a home here at the museum. Size matters. At more than seven feet long, Bob's head was just too big. And so, the cabling and iron in the support system was adjusted so Bob could make it through the door. 

Alan Komrosky: "It was no small feat"

Today, the last pieces of Bob put in place.Family, like nephew Everett Komrosky helped..

Everett Komrosky; "I don't know, I think it's more fun than going out to the lake and stuff. Like we have time to do it, but I'd rather be here than out there."

Ribs, scapulas.

Alan Komrosky: "Then we can finish with the larger bones"

One of the most complete Triceratops ever found.

Alan Komrosky: "It's been a major project."

One of the largest complete skulls on record.

Alan Komrosky: "It's here now and I hope it's here to stay."

Townsfolk here in Valley City watched Bob take shape.

No one is sure how long Bob will be here. The town wants him to stay. He has been around 65 million years in North Dakota....what's a few more?

Bob, the Triceratops, was found in the Hell Creek formation, on farmland near Bowman, North Dakota.  

Read more about Bob here

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Kevin Wallevand
Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.
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