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WCCO Highlights North Loop History Plaque Project

In hopes of finally giving the North Loop its due for the significant role it played in the development of Minneapolis, the North Loop Neighborhood Association is installing plaques on several historic buildings, telling the stories of what used to happen inside them.

There are currently 11 plaques installed, with four more coming in mid-November and many others in the works. Retired former news anchor/reporter Mike Binkley, now a volunteer board member with the North Loop Neighborhood Association, has been doing the research and writing the stories while fellow board member Scott Woller designs the plaques and gets them printed.

This week, WCCO aired this story about the project, highlighting the fact that each plaque includes a QR code that will help passersby find even more images and information on our website, in the Historic North Loop section.

You can currently find plaques on these buildings in the North Loop: Creamette (428 N 1st St), Colonial Warehouse (212 N 3rd Ave), Ford Center (409 N 5th Ave), Floyd’s 99/Crisp & Green (424 N Washington), NOLO’s Kitchen (515 N Washington), Loose-Wiles (701 N Washington), Tower Lofts (700 N Washington), SoHo Lofts (718 N Washington), TractorWorks (800 N Washington), Gurley Lofts (254 9th Ave N) and 918 Lofts (918 N 3rd St).

By mid-November, we’ll be adding signs at the Hewing Hotel (300 N Washington), ArtSpace/Bev’s (250 N 3rd Ave), Internet Exchange (411 N Washington) and Black Sheep Pizza (600 N Washington).

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