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Mississippi River Critical Area

Big news: Bluffs, shorelines and scenic views protected!

At long last, new State of Minnesota rules are now in place governing land use and development along the metro stretch of the Mississippi River, a.k.a. our local national park! While allowing for growth and redevelopment, the new rules protect the metro riverfront's natural, scenic and cultural treasures. 

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The Mississippi River Gorge from St. Paul by Jim Hudak
Mystery building near Lake Street Bridge to reduce odors, but stands to be improved

A number of Mississippi Messages readers have contacted us since the leaves fell from the trees about a new building on the river located just north of Minneapolis' Lake Street bridge. We investigated and have some answers, as well as several related questions and concerns.

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Concert venue, riverwalks — What should become of this retired Mpls port?

Calling all river and park lovers:  Help shape the future of this 48-acre riverfront site in Minneapolis!

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A schematic of the UHT site provided by in the development team proposal
South St. Paul stands strong to preserve open space

FMR would like to thank the South St. Paul City Council and celebrate their recent decision to preserve a city-owned 5-acre site as open space. The site is located near the Mississippi River and adjacent to the Mississippi River Trail scheduled to be constructed in 2017. The council rejected a push to change the largely tree-covered site into a paved industrial railroad storage area.

This is a big win that maintains the city’s commitment to a more public and green riverfront for future generations!

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South St. Paul City Council
Crown Hydro is back, but can it stand up to a new and exciting civic proposal?

Amidst strong community opposition, Crown Hydro continues to pursue its proposal for a new hydroelectric plant near the Stone Arch Bridge. One group is fighting back with an alternative idea to use the now-closed St. Anthony Falls Lock as an interpretive center and meeting space.

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The newly proposed Falls Park and Visitor Center

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