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Steamboat Minnehaha Update (March 3, 2020)

Photo courtesy of Jeff Bipes

Dear Minnehaha supporters:

Over the past several months, the Museum of Lake Minnetonka Board of Directors has worked directly with the Mayor of Excelsior to explore potential options for a permanent home for Minnehaha in Excelsior. Minnehaha was the lead agenda item at the City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, March 2. The MLM Board of Directors presented an overview of its history with Excelsior, its current need for a new home, and its vision of the opportunity for Excelsior. The widely publicized meeting was packed with a standing-room only crowd. The MLM was very appreciative of all who attended, voiced their support, and challenged the City Council to solve this dilemma.

Although conversations between Excelsior and the MLM have been ongoing for several years, none of the previously identified options can accommodate Minnehaha’s unique requirements. For this meeting, the MLM’s goal was to finally determine the Council’s level of commitment to partnering with the MLM on a new home. Although no decision was taken at the meeting, it was resolved that a four-member group would meet to discuss options, process, et cetera. The Council set a timeline of 60-90 days to determine what viable solutions, if any, exist. The MLM Board of Directors is confident that it has already completed much of this work, but welcomes this development as we continue to believe that Excelsior is where Minnehaha belongs.

Meanwhile, the Board will continue its work narrowing the selection of alternative sites elsewhere on the lake. We will continue to share updates with the MLM membership as we are able to do so.

Your Board of Directors,

  • Jeff Schott, President
  • Jim Zimmerman, Vice President
  • Dave Rye, Treasurer
  • Tom McCarthy, Secretary
  • Jeff Lambert
  • Bruce Warner