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Published October 27, 2010, 03:36 PM

Contract awarded to raze historic Crookston hotel

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — A historic hotel in downtown Crookston could start coming down next week.

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — A historic hotel in downtown Crookston could start coming down next week.

Polk County commissioners on Tuesday signed a $340,000 contract with Industrial Builders of Fargo, N.D., to demolish the Wayne Hotel.

Formerly the Palace Hotel, the 119-year-old structure was turned into rental apartments in the 1970s. The three-story brick building has been empty for the last 10 years and has been on a list of Minnesota's "10 Most Endangered Historic Places."

A local preservation group, the Prairie Skyline Foundation, has tried to save the building.

Last week, Prairie Skyline and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota sought a temporary restraining order. The Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reports that after the request was denied in district court, the organizations' attorney notified the county that they wouldn't appeal the decision.

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