Upper Post gets some money to halt decay, but not enough
The historic buildings at Fort Snelling's Upper Post are in danger of collapsing. That's because there's not enough money to properly board up the military barracks and other 1880s-era buildings at the site, which is near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Hennepin County asked the state for a half-million bucks to do the job right, but the legislature denied the request. There's some good new here. But not much. The feds have kicked in $150,000 to secure the historic structures, but that's bound to leave cracks in many of the buildings, further threatening their existence.
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin told the Star Tribune that he's worried about the buildings' future. "It's clear to me that if you don't stabilize these buildings, stop the deterioration, that they're going to be destroyed," he said. (Photo courtesy of Star Tribune)
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