Great Northern depot roof contract signed

Historical Society vice president Barry Schreiber
Historical Society vice president Barry Schreiber

The Mille Lacs County Historical Society (MLCHS) has signed a contract with Les Jones Roofing, Inc., to begin the renovation of the historical society’s depot center’s badly worn cedar shake roof.
Also included in the $245,865 state legacy grant for the project is money to repair brick, stone, mortar and flashing on the building’s roof line, along with installation of gutters and downspouts to direct water away from the foundation.
Schreiber, with the assistance of Mille Lacs County Commissioner Genny Reynolds and Princeton City Council member Victoria Hallin made note of the planned roof restoration project during the July 15 Tuesdays in the Park concert series segement that featured the Chmielewski Funtime Band.
MLCHS also recently received a Minnesota Historical & Cultural and Heritage Grant of $5,800 to evaluate the depot center’s heating and air quality system. Work cannot begin on that until the grant agreements have arrived and authorized by the grants office.
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The project to remodel the inside of a boxcar on the depot museum property into a railroad museum is on hold for now. But the nearby train caboose on the property is ready to be rented by groups, such as for children’s birthday parties, Schreiber noted. He said the interior of the caboose is very nice.