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Norwegian city council approves project to ship historic Little Norway building overseas

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Blue Mounds (WKOW)-- Leaders in Orkdal Norway have decided to move forward with their plans to pack up a historic Stave Church in Blue Mounds Wisconsin and ship it back to Norway.

Back in April, 27 News followed a group of Norwegian delegates as they assessed the integrity of the building at Little Norway. The four-person team came from the Orkdal region of Norway where this historic structure was built 122-years ago.

The group took measurements and made careful inspections to see if the building could survive a boat trip overseas. Owners of Little Norway tell 27 News Orkdal leaders decided to move forward with the project after a 22-12 vote Tuesday night.

The project is expected to cost nearly 4.5 million kroner or about 800,000 U.S dollars. The entire project will be funded by citizens in Orkdal Norway.

Owners at Little Norway decided to sell the building after their decision to close the historic tourist attraction. Owner Scott Winner says attendance has steadily declined over the years.

The Winner family has been trying to find new homes for hundreds of Norwegian artifacts on their property. Their most treasured item is this historic Stave Church that was once on display at the World's Fair in Chicago.

A Norwegian crew will return to Blue Mounds later this Summer to pack up the church and bring it back to Norway. Stay tuned to 27 News for the latest updates on this ongoing project.
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