The effort to restore the Geldner Saw Mill in Le Sueur County received a $5,000 boost with a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The grant will help cover architect fees to create a preservation plan at the mill, which was bought by the county in 1978 and shuttered in 2011 due to an unsafe boiler.
According to the Trust, the mill is “the only remaining stationary, steam-powered saw mill of its kind in the state and a preserved example of the type of mill every Minnesota county had at one time.”
Le Sueur County and the Le Sueur County Historical Society are collaborating on the project. They have previously received more than $100,000 of the estimated $150,000 cost. If all goes as planned, the mill could re-open this year.