What's the Future of this Iconic Minneapolis Sign? Light It UP!

posted by Lee Valsvik -

 Minneapolis’ Grain Belt sign hasn’t been lit since 1991 and the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission has decided on a plan to re-light the landmark sign.

August Schell Brewing of New Ulm which makes Grain Belt beer now bought the sign just last year. 

Schell’s got the sign a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and developed a plan to illuminate it again – this time using LED lights instead of the bulbs and neon tubes.

Now the St. Anthony Falls Historic District  has to approve the changes.  

The Grain Belt sign stands about 100 feet tall and is on Nicollet Island in the middle of the Mississippi River.   The sign was finished in 1941 and stood on top of the old Marigold Ballroom until 1950.  It was then moved to its current location near the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

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