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Syverson joins FVA board

Nellie Degen, president of the Frontier Village Association, with new board member Shawn Syverson following the meeting Monday. Tom LaVenture / The Sun

The man who brought the parade train back to Frontier Village Association was elected to the board at its meeting Monday.

The FVA Board 6-0 approved Shawn Syverson as its ninth board member. Kay Benson and Jay Diemert were not present. Syverson owns S&S Exhaust and Automotive in Jamestown.

"I think he can bring a lot to the board with his mechanical knowledge and his interest in keeping the history of the village and Jamestown alive," said Jay Mickelson, FVA president-elect for 2019.

Syverson is credited with helping to bring the former Frontier Village parade train back to Jamestown after it had fallen into disrepair at Bonanzaville in Fargo, Mickelson said. The train has a gasoline engine and was operated by James Carlascio for many years and Syverson sought to bring it back after Calascio passed away in 2013.

Syverson said he would make the train his special project to get it running again for use at Frontier Village and at parades around North Dakota. He said he doesn't know if it's lack of time, money or willingness that has kept the train from getting repaired.

"It's just been kind of eating at me these last few years that it's just sitting there," Syverson said.

Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer, said she would look into insurance costs for operating the train.

The Frontier Village cookbook is being extended through winter to collect more recipes, according to Melody Mittleider, board member. People who have a recipe to contribute can contact Mittleider at Two Rivers Printing, she said.

In her report, Busche said the Frontier Village Halloween event drew 1,200 people, to include 695 children and 505 adults.

The next FVA meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Cavalry Room of the All Vets Club in Jamestown.