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Continued: Bloomington tries to give new life to an old cemetery

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 25, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Bloomington Cemetery is under review for historic status, which could affect how much change occurs in at least the oldest part of the cemetery, Lewis said. Proposals for change or repairs would have to be submitted to the state.

With about $70,000 a year coming in each year in burial plot sales, Bernhardson said he thinks there is a good chance the cemetery could become self-supporting. But he said the city intends to be flexible about that.

As the son of a small-town Lutheran minister, he said he knows how important rituals surrounding death and places of remembrance are to people.

“This is a long-term service that we made available to the people of Bloomington over the years, and we figured out how to keep it going for a while,” Bernhardson said.

“You kind of look at it as a trust. People put their money in and expect perpetual care. We are trying to be sustainable in that.”

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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