Mission Creek community meeting Wednesday in Duluth

MnDOT to update burial recovery and steps ahead for the cemetery.

Workers search for human remains and artifacts Monday next to a Fond du Lac neighborhood cemetery distrubed by a state road project in 2017. Nearby a contractor started work removing one of the recovery efforts’ temporary buildings east of 131st Avenue West. Steve Kuchera /

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a community meeting from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday to provide updates about work at the burial recovery site at Mission Creek.

The meeting will be held at the Gary New Duluth Recreation Center located at 801 101st Ave. W.

Burial recovery was completed last month at a historic cemetery in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of Duluth. In May 2017, MnDOT uncovered burial remains in the historic cemetery while excavating to replace the Mission Creek Bridge, a $3.1 million project that was scrubbed following the discovery.

The ensuing project to recover human remains, grave goods and other artifacts has totaled $6 million. The next steps will be to return soils to the central cemetery slope, officially define the cemetery boundaries, and repatriate remains and burial related items, MnDOT said.

There will be a brief formal presentation at Wednesday's meeting followed by a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will be provided.


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