A Great Day at Wilderness Inquiry’s Great River Race!

September 16, 2018News

HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK –by Kjersti Monson What a beautiful day for a paddle! I was excited to represent FL&D in the crowd of Great River Racers who swelled the banks of the Mississippi at Hidden Falls Regional Park yesterday. The McKnight Foundation, Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, and others hosted the Great River … Read More

Upper Lock Featured in National Park Traveler Essential Guide

August 23, 2018News

Here’s an excerpt! National Park Service rangers still take visitors on tours of the lock and dam, as it is part of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. But now there is a grand vision to transform the site, along with the historic stone arch bridge just downstream, into a major recreation area. John … Read More

MN Public Utilities Commission Upholds Public Interest at Upper Lock

August 16, 2018News

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — By Eric Roper, Star Tribune. August 16, 2018 State regulators dealt a major blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to generate hydroelectric power beside the Stone Arch Bridge, possibly derailing a project in the works for more than two decades. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted to yank the remaining $3.5 million from a renewable energy … Read More

Coalition Voices: FMR Weighs In on Corps’ Minneapolis Locks Disposition Study

August 15, 2018News

MINNEAPOLIS — By Irene Jones, Friends of the Mississippi River. August 15, 2018 While mid-summer meetings aren’t typically known for great attendance, a series of mid-July meetings drew crowds of metro-area residents and other stakeholders to discuss the future of underused locks and dams in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The purpose of the meetings was … Read More

Upper Lock Coalition Meeting #3

July 25, 2018Project Updates

Refreshments will be served. Where: Pohlad Hall (S-280 2nd Floor), Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis MN 55401 When: Thursday, July 26, 2:30 PM reception; meeting program from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Agenda: Welcome & Introductions (10 minutes) Snapshot of the Disposition Study Process Underway (5 minutes) Mike DeRusha, USACE, Lock Master Nan … Read More

Minneapolis City Council Approves “The Falls” Redevelopment Plan for the Upper Lock

April 13, 2018Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY FRIENDS OF THE LOCK & DAM Contact: Kjersti Monson, 612.836.8266 April 13, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS) – Minneapolis City Council passed a Resolution today supporting The Falls, a redevelopment initiative to transform the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock into a visitor and interpretive center. The action underscores the City’s ongoing commitment to public … Read More

Dehn & Frey, with FL&D, Address Minnesota House Capital Committee

March 24, 2018Project Updates

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — By Kjersti Monson. The Minnesota House Capital Committee hearing took place on March 21, 2018 for HF2898, a bill for an act relating to capital investment; appropriating money for Upper St. Anthony Lock redevelopment; authorizing the sale and issuance of state bonds. Representative Raymond Dehn introduced the bill, which seeks $1.5 million predesign dollars … Read More

WCCO Reports on The Falls in Advance of House Capital Hearing

March 19, 2018Media Coverage

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — By Molly Rosenblatt. It’s been almost three years since the Upper St. Anthony Falls closed to boat traffic on the Mighty Mississippi. Now, there’s a vision to transform the area into a major destination for locals and tourists. While in the early stages, there are plans to revitalize the Minneapolis riverfront. With a 49-foot drop … Read More