By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Howard Lake will be able to fund the preparation of plans for preservation of its old city hall building through a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society.
The City of Howard Lake is one of 41 Minnesota Historical Society historical and cultural heritage grant recipients announced last week.
The $34,000 grant will be used to hire a consultant who will prepare planning documents for preservation of the old Howard Lake City Hall building, where the municipal liquor store is currently located.
“The upstairs is basically un-usable in its current state, yet is a unique space with amazing views of the lake. There is a shortage of meeting and banquet space in Howard Lake, so we are looking to not only preserve a historic building, but make it a functional focal point of the downtown,” Mayor Pete Zimmerman commented. “The Minnesota Design Team viewed the building as a huge asset and an integral piece in creating a vibrant downtown atmosphere.”
The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, making it a heritage landmark.
Forty-one mid- and large- sized grants have been awarded to 23 counties in the state, totalling $3.57 million.
Mid-sized grants are $10,001 to $50,000; and large-sized grants are more than $50,000.
The grants provide an opportunity for government units and non-profit, educational, and tribal organizations to preserve and share cultural heritage and Minnesota history.
The grants are awarded according to program guidelines and criteria, and professional standards.