Historic Carver County farmstead in legal limbo

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 11:17 PM

After the death of their father, who deeded the site to the Carver County Historical Society, two sons are disputing the transfer.

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supervon2Feb. 15, 14 8:14 AM

I'd have to agree with the sons. The Historical society has been known to put pressure on sites they feel should be theirs. I have come across them and I was amazed and disappointed.

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lachowsjFeb. 15, 14 8:23 AM

It seems evident that the father was interested in historical preservation of the farm and had an inkling his sons would be more interested in personal enrichment.

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davehougFeb. 15, 1410:54 AM

TALK to your family about your will. Should be no surprises. Attorneys will tell you families get torn apart from resentment over what was expected and what was willed.

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dahutysFeb. 15, 14 1:06 PM

I would agree with talking to your family about your will. However, if your family members ARE motivated by greed, they'll file lawsuits after you're dead anyway.

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wacjobFeb. 15, 14 1:51 PM

Doesn't sound right that the sons have the part of the farm with the historical buildings and the Historical Society has the land. Shouldn't' it be the other way around? Also sounds like this was all being questioned while he was still alive. Now it's stuck in probate which will take forever!! Oh well it's been there since the 1800's what's the rush now. What irks me is it's the tax payers $$$ being used to fight this and what will we get back? Maybe old farm buildings that will sit vacant for 361 days of the year.

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tcstunnerFeb. 15, 14 6:31 PM

From what I understand, Ward was in the process of filing paper work to nullify the deal with the Historical Society. Unfortunately he passed away before finishing all of the paper work. I can understand if he wanted to give the HS the old buildings and some land around it, but why would he give them 51 acres? They dont need that much to be able to showcases the barn. Something seems fishy to me.

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tcstunnerFeb. 15, 14 6:56 PM

Why would they need 51 acres? I understand them wanting the buildings for historical reasons, but I dont think they need that much of the land. Give them the buildings and a couple acres around them, and that should be sufficient.

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