Statewide: October 13, 2010 Archive
Posted at 10:14 AM on October 13, 2010
by Mark Steil
An 1862 battle location in southwest Minnesota has been added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the effort to preserve the site.
The last fight of the U.S.- Dakota War took place in Yellow Medicine County near the Minnesota River on September 23, 1862. It's known as the Wood Lake Battle. About 700 Dakota warriors took on twice as many soldiers commanded by Henry Sibley.
Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association President Tom Hosier says the group is working with others to develop the historical significance of the site.
"We'd like to have some pull-off parking so we're not a traffic hazard," says Hosier. "We would like to have trails, we would like to return part of the site to prairie grass."
Hosier says the original prairie grass played a role in the battle since the Dakota leaders used it to cover their attackers.
The 54 acres of land is privately held, but the owners have signed an easement with the Civil War Preservation Trust to give the public access to the battle site. Hosier says he believes preserving the battle field will add to the public's understanding of the 1862 war.
Posted at 12:58 PM on October 13, 2010
by David Cazares
Filed under: Southwest Minnesota
Mark discussed how state farmers have harvested most of their soybean crop and are making strong progress harvesting corn -- and how the value of crops has risen sharply this year.
He also talked about the sale of the Agri-Energy ethanol plant in Luverne to a Colorado company, and the addition of the Wood Lake Battle site on the National Register of Historic Places. That's the site of the last fight in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.