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Will time capsule yield a historic treasure trove at the Vets Home?

A time capsule will be opened Tuesday, just before demolition begins on the old Veterans Home Building No. 9 in Minneapolis.
What will they find?

A time capsule will be opened Tuesday, just before demolition begins on the old Veterans Home Building No. 9 in Minneapolis.

What will they find? Maybe lots of Depression-era mementos, which might look familiar.

Construction of the building began Nov, 11, 1934, and was completed three years later. A new building will be built on the site — a 100-bed skilled-nursing-care facility — and should be finished in fall 2011. Residents were moved from the current Building 9 in November 2007 after structural problems were discovered.

The cornerstone removal and time capsule opening will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., at the Minneapolis Veterans Home Building 9, 5101 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

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It turns out that the Veterans Home time capsule isn’t the only one in the news. One was found and opened Saturday at the Yellow Medicine County courthouse in Granite Falls. The Marshall Independent reports they found “numerous items of memorabilia, including old newspaper editions, pictures of Yellow Medicine County towns, Dacotah native languages and even letters addressed to those who discovered the capsule.”

And they prepared a new capsule, with pictures of what towns in Yellow Medicine County look like today, a Minnesota state quarter, local newspapers items from nearly every business in the county and even a small plastic bag filled with corn and wheat.

“Now in 2089, people can enjoy the same thing we’re doing today,” said Jane Remiger, Yellow Medicine County commissioner.