Well, we should have seen this coming a mile away;

Minnehaha County commissioners will consider a resolution Tuesday on whether to establish a task force that would review and establish a future vision for the William H. Lyon Fair Grounds.

“It’s very much a concerted effort of the entire commission,” Commissioner Dean Karsky said. “We just know we need to address it, the public expects it, and we feel the fairgrounds deserves the attention it needs.”

The only thing to address is a purchase agreement. It is no secret that a North Dakota company wants to buy the land for a quarry, but before they can do that, they have to figure out what to do with the fair;

In creating the task force, the commission “seeks to focus future county investments, community support and donor gifts, both for facilities and general operating support, to best meet the needs of the community and the intent of the Lyon’s gift,” according to the resolution on Tuesday’s agenda.

In other words since the County and Fairgrounds have failed to sell significant naming rights over the years, the place has gone to the birds, I have suggested for a long time this was done on purpose so they could eventually sell the property for a quarry. No body wants to invest in it. There has also been an underground campaign by the potential buyers to sway Lyon family members.

Make no mistake, this taskforce is just smoke and mirrors over selling the land for a cement quarry. Why beat around the bush, just put the sale to an up or down vote of the Commission right now. I can tell you why it hasn’t been put up for a vote, because it would be very close and controversial, but after 12 months, the commission will change and they may have the votes to sell, and trust me, it will get sold as a quarry.

My suggestion is to sell it, but to the highest bidder, and since what’s under the fairgrounds is worth more than the rat’s nest sheep barns on top of it I would also suggest selling the mineral rights under it. My suggestion would be a significant down payment with a contract for deed over 4-5 years that the county could use for relocating the fair. My suggestion would be to Hartford where the town has been actively pursuing economic development, and I really don’t like Brandon, because, well it’s Brandon (Hartford should really sell shirts that say ‘F’ck You Brandon’)

A county official suggested to me it should be put to a public vote, and my response is that most residents in the county (which mostly live in SF) would vote for the sale. It would probably be a bigger landslide than the SF School Bonds.

Maybe it is time Minnehaha County just throws in the towel and starts a new fresh purpose for the fair somewhere else. Sorry Hairball, you are playing Hartford next year. But look on the bright side, it isn’t Brandon.

7 Thoughts on “Is the Fairgrounds Task Force a backdoor way to sell the land for a quarry?

  1. Well for starters, it would not be a cement quarry. Please get your facts straight. They mine quartzite, not cement. Unless you are thinking concrete. Again that is not cement. It is the final product when you combine cements, aggregate, and water. Also, to sell to the highest bidder, would mean that some other aggregate producer would be interested, as that is the only way to drive the price given the potential rock reserves underneath. Good luck finding someone to move next door to concrete materials. Do you think that they would get another mining permit? Doubtful. The only logical buyer under your scenario is MDU.

  2. Southern Exposure on January 17, 2022 at 9:21 pm said:

    $1 a year for 10 years. Demolition of all buildings required. City retains commercial frontage surrounding the property and 5% of all mineral rights for 100 years.

  3. Did something change in the agreement with the Lyon family?? I thought that I read (years ago) if the county no longer used the land for the fair, then ownership of the land would go back to the Lyon family. Meaning the county can’t actually sell it to anyone – because they only own it as long as it continues to be the fair site.

  4. D@ily Spin on January 18, 2022 at 1:27 pm said:

    Where will the new Fair Grounds car sale be? Where can one get free cheese?

  5. anominous on January 19, 2022 at 12:37 pm said:

    the size of quartzite the city decided to put on the streets in that overlay job last year was too large and the whole town rides like shit now

  6. I am of the same thinking as the BJL posting. I remember years ago when talk was going around about selling the fairgrounds and at that time the original agreement with the Lyon family clearly stated that if they tried to sell the fairgrounds ownership would automatically transfer back to the Lyon family. It seems pretty clear cut to me.

  7. The full story is that the fairground expo building needs a lot of roofing repair after strong wind damage last summer and the building is in pretty bad shape. The county is looking at replacement or fixing the building.

    Have you considered how often you’re wrong?

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