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