Minnehaha Upper School Resumes Classes

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 5, 2017) – Faculty and staff at the Minnehaha Academy Upper School applauded the 350 returning high school students as they entered the building that will be their temporary campus this year.

Classes began just a month after a natural gas explosion collapsed a major section of the Upper School’s building on August 2, killing two people and injuring others. The Academy is leasing a building in Mendota Heights that once housed Brown College, a for-profit school that closed its doors in January.

School officials said that because the building already was being used by an academic institution, the transition was easier to make. The building has no gym or kitchen, so meals will be catered.

Over the weekend numerous volunteers helped assemble and organize 900 pieces of furniture, bring in books and other supplies, as well as do other preparations.

The school is naming an administrative section of the building in memory Ruth Berg and John Carlson, the two employees killed in the blast.

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