Star Tribune: Crown Hydro

Plan to harness Mississippi River churns up a debate
Linda Mack, Star Tribune
March 17, 2004

Minneapolis was built on the thunderous energy of St. Anthony Falls, but would a plan to resurrect water power in Mill Ruins Park enhance the Mississippi riverfront’s history — or damage it?

Tonight, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will debate a plan to lease one of its most historic holdings, the Cataract Mill site near the Stone Arch Bridge, for 50 years to a private company.

Crown Hydro wants to use the historic tunnels and chutes that the Park Board recently restored to do what entrepreneurs did 150 years ago: create energy from St. Anthony Falls.