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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s little house on the prairie is about to get a scheduled makeover. In 1977, the current Ingalls cabin was re-created and built near Independence at the height of the popularity of the TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” But four decades of Kansas storms and wind have taken their toll. The cabin is leaning and its logs are deteriorating and for safety reasons, its interior is no longer open to the public. The two siblings who own the land are planning to change that, Bill Kurtis and Jean Schodorf want to build a new cabin and a barn like the Ingalls family had in 1869. The cabin is scheduled to be built in October and November, after the tourist season winds down. So far, $30,000 has been raised to rebuild the cabin, but nearly $20,000 more is needed to help pay skilled craftsmen. This has become a high priority to the siblings as they know more than 20,000 people from around the world visit the cabin site each year, and is a footnote in Kansas history.

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