St. Anthony Falls: Audience Q&A

At our recent Water Over the Dam panel discussion, we had four invited guests talk about St. Anthony Falls. We also took questions from the audience, and a selection of those follows: Q: What is the thought of completely removing the dam and going back to the natural aesthetic of the falls? Dan Dressler: Being a park ranger and not an engineer, I …

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Water Over the Dam

The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership recently hosted a panel discussion with Preserve Minneapolis called Water Over the Dam, part of our Riverfront Vitality Forum series. Our guests, Peggy Lucas, Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, Dan Dressler and Neal Route, discussed the past, present and future of St. Anthony Falls from various perspectives: the Native American perspective, the industrial perspective, the recreational perspective and the …

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St. Anthony Falls: The developer perspective

At our recent Water Over the Dam panel discussion, Neal Route, development associate, spoke about St. Anthony Falls from the development perspective. Her comments are summarized and condensed below: Dominion developed and own the A-mill artist lofts across the river. Historically, the Pillsbury A-mill was the largest flour mill in the world for a period of 50 years after it was built …

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St. Anthony Falls: The economic perspective

At our recent Water Over the Dam panel discussion, Peggy Lucas, a founder and partner in Brighton Development, spoke about St. Anthony Falls from the Native American perspective. Her comments are summarized and condensed below: Near the end of the ’80s, Brighton Development did a lot of small, affordable housing projects, in conjunction with neighborhood groups. We called them catalytic projects …

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St. Anthony Falls: The Native American perspective

At our recent Water Over the Dam panel discussion, Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, who teaches American Indian Studies and directs the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State, spoke about St. Anthony Falls from the Native American perspective. Her comments are summarized and condensed below: In Dakota, we refer to the falls as owamniyomni, which actually means whirlpool or eddy. When …

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St. Anthony Falls: The recreation perspective

At our recent Water Over the Dam panel discussion, Dan Dressler, public programs manager at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, part of the National Park Service, spoke about St. Anthony Falls from the recreation perspective. His comments are summarized and condensed below: The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is the 72 miles of the Mississippi River that flows through the …

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MRP comment: Northern Metals settlement

At a recent listening session, the public was invited to comment on ways that funding from a potential Northern Metals settlement could be used to improve community health. Here was what Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership executive director Kathleen Boe filed on behalf of the organization: Principles Use the Above the Falls Updated Master Plan as a guideline for investments in health …

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The river in winter

With every January comes the dawn of a new year, and time for looking at things in a new light. Perhaps that’s true this year more than most. When we look at the Mississippi River in the spring, summer and fall, it’s easy to see the way the river comes to life. The water flows downstream, the green of the …

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Our gathering to #preservethefalls

More than three dozen hardy souls braved the elements on a clear but cold Minneapolis December afternoon to show support for preserving St. Anthony Falls and to demonstrate opposition to a proposal by Crown Hydro to divert water to generate a relatively small amount of electric power. And here’s what you can do to help stop the project.

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The Upper Harbor attraction

At our recent RiverMatters conference, we invited panelists James Vos and Peter Hendee Brown to discuss the Upper Harbor Terminal project and riverfront redevelopment in general. Vos, who has worked in commercial real estate for 30 years, is a principal with CRESA Minneapolis, while Brown is an architect, planner, and development consultant focusing on public-private development projects. We also took questions from …

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