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MDU Resources Sponsors Free Student Admission at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Fort Mandan

Posted on 2/15/2017

Students and children from kindergarten through college will receive free admission to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan at Washburn, thanks to a grant from MDU Resources Foundation of Bismarck. A gift of $10,000 to the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is making the admission free at the facilities, which are operated by ND Parks & Recreation Department.

This is the second year of the MDU Resources support, and Kevin Kirkey, Site Supervisor at Washburn, credited the grant with an 80 percent increase in youth visitation in 2016. "Our mission is to get families here to enjoy the stories of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and more, and this support is truly appreciated," Kirkey says.

We are proud to have supported these wonderful facilities for nearly 20 years and are happy to make possible free admission for their most vital visitors, students and youngsters and hope to continue our support for years to come," says MDU Resources Foundation manager Rita O'Neill.

The admission program is part of the partnership between the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation and ND Parks & Recreation Department. The Foundation provides financial support for exhibits, programs and other enhancements at the facilities, according to Foundation president David Borlaug. "We are grateful for the 20 years of support MDU Resources has provided our Foundation, and this latest gift is also appreciated by thousands of families from across North Dakota and the country," he says.

The Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan are open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Closed Sundays October 15 to April 15.

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