ST. PAUL - State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, announces Minnesota Historical Society grants have been awarded to aid the restoration of two area buildings found on the National Register of Historic Places.
Greater Lichfield Opera House Association, Inc. will receive a grant of $8,000 for continued rehabilitation of the century-old Litchfield Opera House. The Gust Akerlund Photographic Studio in Cokato also will receive a grant, $1,950 to continue restoration. The opera house and the photo studio both date back to the early 1900s.
“It is important for us to preserve our local history so I am pleased grants were awarded for both of these projects,” said Urdahl, a member of the Minnesota Heritage Finance Division Committee. “I have worked hard to make sure we provide money for historical societies and community projects like these to maintain this area’s heritage. These grants are a great source of pride and mean a great deal to not only those who earned them, but to our communities as well.”
A total of $147,325 was approved for 39 projects in the State Grants-in-Aid Program funded by the historical society. Requests exceeded the amount of available funds. Those receiving grants must match their awards on a one-to-one basis, but most – including the Litchfield and Cokato entities – will exceed this requirement.
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.