July 29, 2015

KRIV earthlodge updates

By Sierra Moeykens
The earthlodge in Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is undergoing renovations for the first time since it was built in 1995. After more than 20 years of wear and tear from visitors and the weather, the park decided it was time to restore the exhibit. Chuck Folk, facility manager, is in charge of the repairs.
Folk says that the company restoring the earthlodge is R&B Construction. The contract for the exhibit is about $105,000 and, after several months of work, they hope to be fully finished in four weeks, or at least before winter hits. Upgrades include concrete floors, new exterior timbers, waterproof sections, and native sod. According to Folk, the park opened in 1974, and the earthlodge was built 21 years after that. It took six to eight long months to build it then.


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