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State fair, university won’t share land

December 12, 2007

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— High-tech research facilities and animal barns won't share space at State Fair Park anytime soon.

The University of Nebraska and the board of the Nebraska State Fair issued a joint statement Tuesday that says sharing the 250 acres at State Fair Park won't happen as long as the fairgrounds are improved.

"Both parties acknowledge that plans for a permanent improved State Fair Park and a private-public research and development campus ... is not possible," the statement says.

Gov. Dave Heineman had floated the idea of the two groups sharing space as a possible compromise in the fight over the future of State Fair Park. University officials want to use the land to build public and private research facilities they say would help the state.

But state fair officials want the fair to stay where it is and cite the high cost of moving the fair.

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