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In this June 14, 2008 file photo, spectators view the tail of Dakota, a duckbilled dinosaur, at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D., after the arm and tail section of the Edmontosaurus were put on display. North Dakota officials are negotiating a $3 million deal to keep the dinosaur on permanent display in Bismarck. The rare mummified fossil is planned as a cornerstone of a $51 million expansion at the center. Dakota is currently on loan to the North Dakota Heritage Center until July 2015. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)

Fundraising to buy rare dinosaur mummy off to slow start

BISMARCK, N.D. — A fundraising effort to keep Dakota the duckbilled dinosaur’s permanent digs in Bismarck is off to a slow start.

The North Dakota Legislature this year agreed to pay $1.5 million in taxpayer money to buy the rare mummified dinosaur. But lawmakers said another $1.5 million must be raised from private funds.

Marlo Sveen is part of the fundraising effort and tells the Bismarck Tribune that most of the major donors the foundation has approached are from the energy industry. But Sveen says low oil prices means companies are cutting costs and few have spare cash to donate.

Tyler Lyson (LEE’-suhn) discovered the dinosaur on his uncle’s ranch in southwestern North Dakota in 1999.

Researchers say Dakota is one of the most important dinosaur discoveries in recent times.

In related news, Geological Survey intern finds rare fossil in North Dakota.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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