DNR to sign deal converting Fort Snelling Upper Post to affordable housing

Clocktower Building, Fort Snelling
MinnPost file photo by Steve Date
The Clock Tower Building is the oldest building and the centerpiece of Fort Snelling's Upper Post.

Affordable housing near the airport. The Pioneer Press’ Nick Woltman reports: “The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday will ink an agreement with developer Dominium to convert Fort Snelling’s Upper Post into affordable housing. … The $100 million project, which has been years in the making, will yield 176 apartments in the Upper Post’s 26 vacant buildings, according to Dominium’s website.”

Just one reason why helping those in the Minneapolis homeless encampment will be difficult. MPR’s Max Nesterak writes: “Melody Johnson had already been couch hopping for months when she found herself back at the homeless encampment along Franklin and Hiawatha avenues. She was there with her 10-year-old son and 12-day-old newborn daughter, and thought they’d be welcome in her friend’s mom’s tent. … Johnson’s story offers a clear look at the hurdles homeless people face to secure stable, affordable housing. Simply finding a Twin Cities landlord willing to work with someone who’s homeless is a huge challenge — even when a tenant has the rent money.”

Police shooting in Stillwater. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “Police in Stillwater fatally shot and killed a man on Wednesday who they said was armed with a knife. … One officer discharged a gun, while another fired a Taser, the chief said. … Officers from the Stillwater, Bayport and Oak Park Heights police departments were called to the residence on a report of a man being suicidal, Gannaway said.”

It’s the story Target and Best Buy don’t want you to see. MPR’s Matt Mikus writes: “Entrance fees for all Minnesota state parks will be waived the Friday after Thanksgiving, as part of the fourth annual ‘Free Park Day.’ … The waived fees is an annual tradition with a goal of encouraging families to spend time together outdoors, said state park director Erika Rivers.”

In other news …

Day before Thanksgiving:South St. Paul schools closed after threat” [KARE]

Check scam:St. Paul woman charged with mail theft, stealing more than 200 identities” [Woodbury Bulletin]

Could it happen here?Plan, prepare: Bracing for a Minnesota wildfire” [MPR]

On thin ice, you might say:The future is precarious for the Art Shanty Project” [City Pages]

Big, if true:Wondering what to do with your T-day leftovers? At Burrito Union, they wrap it in a tortilla shell.” [Duluth News Tribune]

Day brightener:What you do for family: St. Cloud woman donates kidney to ex-husband” [St. Cloud Times]

That’s it for the Glean this week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you Monday morning.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Steven James Beto on 11/23/2018 - 06:47 am.

    I hope there will be bus service at the affordable apartments.

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