Ransacked Minnesota historic site to be reborn as park

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2011 - 12:32 AM

The restoration of the site, sacred to many Indians, is a turning point in a long decline.

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g5thistimeOct. 23, 11 9:27 PM

Why do they have to take down those trees?

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itsmyboatOct. 23, 11 9:30 PM

Hopefully the cleanup and restoration are just the first steps of a process that will see the eventual return of this sacred place to the native community.

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SupervonOct. 23, 11 9:53 PM

I ride by this atrocity on my bike almost every week. Now, if a private company had this property they would have been sued out of business-but-when the Federal Government can't take care of their property and let it decay everbody looks the other way. This could have been made into a fantastic living area but Government "knows best". Ha!

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merkinOct. 23, 1110:22 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing the site completed. It'll be yet another wonderful piece to the park puzzle here in the Twin Cities.

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aspartzOct. 23, 1110:33 PM

Good plan, eradicate all that history to make more green space for the worship of Gaia. None of those pesky buildings to remind a person that man accomplished something there. Are they going to ban visible cell towers there also?

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blue_bludgerOct. 23, 1111:40 PM

Isn't the correct term "Native American"?

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blue_bludgerOct. 23, 1111:42 PM

Yes, Supervon, it's a grand liberal conspirancy. And you have uncovered it!

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AnondsonOct. 23, 1111:55 PM

I'd love to see more of the river valley restored to it's original natural condition before weed trees overgrew everything. This was a savannah before settlers came and upset the natural order, grass and oaks. The paintings of the area before settlement look glorious. But people think that the tree-infested river valley is supposed to look that way. It isn't.

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morningriseOct. 24, 1112:17 AM

You dont have to look too far away to see what the Minneapolis Park Board has allowed to occur across the highway at the Fort Snelling grounds that house the delapitated "officers" row houses,the old infirmary, the three barracks buildings,and a poor excuse of a golf course-that too is an eyesore and a disgrace to it's historic heritage. The Federal Government, the State, the County and finally the Minneapolis Park Board have all had a "hand" in this site.

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bikemilesOct. 24, 11 6:44 AM

Is that arched "Spring house" he is leaning against going to be demolished? It looks sort of neat.

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