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Celebrate the completion of the Dassel History Center



A celebration observing the completion of the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 18.

Karen Humphrey from the Minnesota History Center will be the speaker at the 2 p.m. program. Humphrey is a former Dassel resident who was instrumental in the establishment of the Dassel Area Historical Society in 1987.

The Crow River String Band, which started in Dassel in the mid '70s, will perform. Kevin Anderson, Little Falls, one of the band members, was the architect for both the restoration of Universal Laboratories and also for the design of the new annex. Other members of the band include Lanny Anderson, Little Falls, Paul Johnson, Rockford, and Marlin Kottke, Howard Lake.

The restoration project took nine years to complete. It was done in phases as money became available. Dick Johnson Construction, Dassel, was the contractor for the restoration which was completed in 2001.

The project which cost $443,000, was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society Grants-in-aid program.

The DAHS soon outgrew the Universal Lab building and plans for an annex began. A capital campaign, Building on the Vision, was conducted raising $339,000. Construction began in the fall of 2008, and was mostly completed in 2009. Finishing touches extended the completion date to 2010. Kevin Compton, Darwin, a Dassel native, of Compton Anderson Construction in Hutchinson was the general contractor for the new addition.

The City of Dassel added a community room to the DAHS's annex project at the cost of $251,000.

The facility is a wonderful addition to Dassel being used for research, exhibits and programs as well as a meeting space for businesses, organizations, receptions, showers, theatre productions, and much more. The community room is available for rent.