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Pine Island debates future of historic home

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PINE ISLAND, Minn. (KTTC) -- Just one day after the Rochester City Council took on the Historic Preservation Ordinance, another city in southeastern Minnesota is deciding what to do with its historic properties.

The Pine Island City Council looked Tuesday night at what to do with a more than 100-year-old home in the path of a future frontage road.

The city council took on plans for a future frontage road in Pine Island that would require either moving or demolishing the 1905 Bushman farmhouse.

The Pine Island Heritage Preservation Commission wants the city to purchase and move the house to another spot on the original farmland so it will be out of the way of the planned road and would allow the home to be listed on the historic register.

The commission is currently looking for a buyer to purchase the home and use it as a business.

"We believe it's important to preserve this historic property because it's part of the history of that particular town and population," said commission chair Teresa Swan. "Once it's gone it's gone forever."

The city council ultimately decided to table the matter -- leaving it until January 15, after the new city council and mayor take office.

Commission members say they saw Tuesday's meeting as positive. The decision means the commission will have more time to look for a buyer, which they say are hopeful they will be able to do.

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