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Missouri River Historical Development cuts funding to most programs

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Monday night, Missouri River Historical Development voted to put many of its programs on hold because the money isn't there.

The group's partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hasn't been smooth sailing.

That's because MRHD's previous partner, Penn National Gaming, who runs the Argosy, claims they "secretly" began discussions with other operators to replace Penn a year before the expiration of the agreement.

Penn cut funding to MRHD, Sioux City's licensed non-profit organization, back in April of last year because of litigation.

And Monday evening, MRHD held a meeting, where they announced because of the legal battle, many of their programs funding will be placed on hold.

MRHD's President Mark Monson said they will only fund the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Sioux City, which has a budget of $535,000.

But, he said all other programs are suspended for the foreseeable future.

"Until Argosy provides MRHD, the only licensed non-profit with the 3-percent they're required by statute, we're in a holding pattern," Monson said.

Monson said there are many organizations in this community that have benefited from MRHD and this is a disappointing announcement.

But, his organization only has a certain amount of money available to go around.

Argosy officials have said they want to abide by the law.

So, they proposed to use the Greater Siouxland Improvement Association to deliver these funds instead of MHRD.

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