Rosemount land used for WWII gun powder plant focus of controversy

  • Article by: Liala Helal , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 2:00 PM

U officials want the feds to share the burden of cleaning up a WWII ammo plant at UMore Park in Rosemount.

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notforjoeighJul. 28, 13 9:54 AM

Why doesn't the University sell some of the uncontaninated land and then use that money to clean up the contaminate land?

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sloegoJul. 28, 1312:45 PM

What a joke. The university got the several thousand acres for $1 when the us government closed the amo plant. Then the U of M hospital dumped their medical waste on the property and got caught when it leaked into neighbors drinking water. They have used the land all these years for Ag research and got the benefit of renting out sections of land. Now they want us tax payers to pick up the tab for clean up?

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sharkysharkJul. 29, 13 9:58 AM

Looks like another excellent site for a Vikings stadium.

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joe_mnJul. 29, 1310:54 AM

Someday, the land will be used. 10 yrs, 50 yrs. 100 yrs. the land is not going away. And neither are the cities. The U wants the govt to clean it, with fed dollars so the U can use it or sell it.

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davehougJul. 29, 1312:25 PM

The plant was built to supply gunpowder for the invasion of Japan. The first cloverleaf in MN was built to handle anticipated worker traffic. Amazing how much of the country was involved in the war effort. Ads were run telling housewives "If you can run a vacuum, you can work for us"

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kingofacesJul. 29, 13 3:11 PM

notforjoeigh, because the uncontaminated land is prime agricultural land that was being used for research. That eneded when the university started gravel mining most of the agricultural land, so we're going to be at a shortage for good research land in a few years. If we sold what was left, there wouldn't be land for research plots anymore. The U has already taken an anti-research and anti-agriculture stance when it comes to using the land for it's intended purpose, so I definitely hope they don't get the idea of selling off even more land.

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notforjoeighJul. 31, 13 6:23 PM

Bingo Kingofaces. The U will take prime agricultural land and destroy it for gravel ('money) instead of using it for ag research. The U took the land with the condition that the there was contimination. Let the U sell some gravel or clean land to clean up the contimination.

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selfmadeAug. 2, 13 2:51 PM

..."the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, denies responsibility, saying that since the government no longer owns the land, the university must clean it up."................The US government's new slogan..."It's not our fault"...

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