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Continued: Charter school holed up at Fort Snelling has history front, center

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 14, 2013 - 9:44 PM

Oppelt said she isn’t the type of teacher to stand in front of 60 kids talking. “I’d much rather put a plate of worms in front of them and wow them with that,” she said.

She recalls walking the gravel path into the fort one morning when a thick fog blotted out the visual clues that the fort is a historic remnant situated atop a freeway and next to an airport.

“Honestly, I was like it could be the 1800s.”

Steve Brandt • 612-673-4438 Twitter: @brandtstrib



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