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

St. Anthony Falls Upper Lock to light up with art, river history

September 15, 2017Media Coverage

For the first weekend of “Illuminate the Lock” artist Aaron Dysart used data from 47 years of lock-keeper logbooks to program a light show. Courtesy of The Soap Factory You can usually only get past security into the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock as part of a tour. But for “Illuminate the Lock” events, the gates … Read More

Historic St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam Reopens To The Public

June 8, 2017Media Coverage

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam will open to visitor traffic this weekend — but in a new way. It’s been two years since any traffic on the water navigated through it after its 2015 closure. Lockmaster Mike DeRusha’s workload all but dropped to a weekly visit. “Very quiet,” DeRusha … Read More

Amid obstacles, activists envision an audacious plan for Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam: making it part of a national park

February 8, 2017Media Coverage No Comments

Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam has little use to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which currently operates it. It’s eight years away. At best. And there remain some sizable hurdles to clear between now and then. But that hasn’t discouraged some in the Twin Cities from imagining something previously thought improbable for downtown … Read More

Crown Hydro is back, but can it stand up to a new and exciting civic proposal?

October 19, 2016Media Coverage

A new proposal for the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, the Falls Park and Visitor Center (above) seems to be gathering momentum. However, a 20-plus-years-old effort to build a hydroelectric power plant in this area has re-emerged. Image courtesy of VJAA. Crown Hydro is continuing their decades-old effort to locate a hydroelectric facility at Upper St. Anthony Falls on the west … Read More