John Anfinson’s Vision for the River

John Anfinson’s role as superintendent of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area gives him a close look at the Mississippi River every day, specifically the 72-mile national park which runs through Minneapolis and the surrounding region. With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studying all three locks and dams in the Twin Cities, and a decision coming on federal …

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MRP supports Friends of the Lock and Dam

With the closure of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock, questions have been swirling about the long-term future for the lock site, currently owned and operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The site is at the exact center of a string of parks near the riverfront, including Gold Medal Park, Mill Ruins Park, and the planned Waterworks park. For …

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Share your river story

It’s such a beautiful time of year on the river, and we want to celebrate the return of green to the Minneapolis riverfront! As we have brought you the stories of those who have their vision for the Mississippi River, their story of the river’s history, now we want you to tell us — how do you touch the river? How does …

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Tales from the Underground: Presentation and Q&A

At our RiverMatters panel discussion in April, Tales from the Underground, we had three invited guests talk about redeveloping contaminated soil in Minneapolis and across the state. If you missed the presentation or are interested in learning more, you can download the presentation below. Pictured: Natalie Brown of Minnesota Brownfields, D’Angelos Svenkeson of Thor Development, Mary Sands of Barr Engineering and MRP’s Kathleen Boe. …

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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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