Great Lakes Aquarium Getting New Educational Area

Updated: 02/24/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 9:09 PM

Thanks to a big fundraising push, there is going to be a new educational area at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

An unused kitchen area is being torn down, and taking its place: three 21st century classrooms.

Friends of the late Duluth businessman Monnie Goldfine helped raise a large portion of the money, and the Minnesota Power foundation delivered a $125,000 check Monday.

"Converting this space from one that was designed more in a catering sense to one that's focused solely, and very pivotally, on that education framework...making sure young people understand what we do, why this exists, is exactly what Jack and the aquarium do so well," said Dave McMillan, a senior vice president with Minnesota Power

The aquarium hopes to finish up their fundraising this summer, and then start construction up again in the fall.

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