The Chanhassen Fire Department plans to mark its 50th anniversary in 2016 with a memorial to recognize the service of firefighters, retired chiefs and those who died in the line of duty.
Some firefighters and their families have formed a memorial committee to raise money for the memorial, which is expected to break ground in the new year and be unveiled during Fire Safety Week.
Designs for the memorial, to be located in front of the fire department’s station on Laredo Drive, include words from the friends and families of firefighters. During an open house at the station in October, the public voted on design ideas for the memorial.
A fundraising campaign has raised more than $3,000 in addition to more than $50,000 in donations that the department already received from the community.
The fire department includes 40 firefighters and its first full-time chief, Don Johnson, who said the department is working with architecture group Damon Farber on the memorial. “We are close to having a construction plan and total final costs,” he said.
The department plans on hosting several events throughout 2016 to celebrate its anniversary.
Efforts continue to restore theater
Efforts by Save the Historic Terrace Theatre to preserve and reopen the midcentury movie house in Robbinsdale are moving forward, as the group celebrates the 65th anniversary of the theater’s opening in 2016.
The group will celebrate the milestone with a yearlong celebration, starting with a party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Lodge of Robbinsdale, 4080 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale. The event is free and open to the public.
The details of the yearlong celebration are currently being kept under wraps. But it will include several events throughout the year, including Whiz Bang Days and other local celebrations. For more details, go to savetheterrace.org/.
The 1,300-seat theater opened May 21, 1951, and closed in 1999. There’s been no actual notice of plans to demolish the theater, but preservationists don’t want to leave the theater’s future up to its corporate owner in New York.
The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office has called the theater “one of the most distinctive buildings in Robbinsdale,” and the culmination of Minnesota architects Liebenberg and Kaplan’s “considerable theater-design experience and talents.”
Jordan opens new community center
The Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center opened Monday. The 45,000-square-foot building features a three-gym station with a multipurpose floor, elevated walking track, fitness center and community amenities.
Jordan approved plans in 2014 to build the center next to the Jordan Middle School, and the facility will be open to the Jordan school district as well as the community.
The $5.25 million center comes on top of renovations costing about $29 million to the middle school. Jordan city and school officials hope the center will bring economic and health benefits to the city.
The facility is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays during the school year. Visitors can park in the facility’s 50-stall parking lot.
Historic farmstead gets Legacy grant
The Carver County Historical Society has received a state Legacy grant of $182,223 to complete restoration of the North barn on the Andrew Peterson farmstead. The historical society expects renovations on the barn, built in the 1880s, to start in January.
Andrew Peterson purchased the farmstead in 1856. During his time in Minnesota, the Swedish-American helped develop Minnesota’s apple industry and start the Scandia Baptist Church. He also wrote journals that inspired Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg’s novels on immigration, including “The Emigrants” and “Unto a Good Land.” From time to time, Swedish visitors stop to visit the barn.
Storms in 2010 caused parts of the barn to collapse. The barn and farmstead are now the focus of a University of Minnesota restoration project, in hopes of drawing more visitors to the historic farm. The historical society’s website will feature video of the renovations taking place.