Dakota Aggregates will welcome the public to its site during an open house on Thursday, Sept. 8 in Rosemount, Minnesota.
The open house has been an annual event for customers and collaborators but was opened to the public for the first time last year, said Mark Setterstrom, Dakota Aggregates.
The open house, at 15950 Station Trail in Rosemount, runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees can register online at www.dakotaaggregates.com.
This year’s open house will include tours of several new facilities on the sites, as well as demonstrations on how concrete and pre-cast concrete products are produced. New partner facilities include Wells Concrete, Cemstone and Hardrives.
Setterstrom said the open house will provide a “safe and informative atmosphere” for community members and the public to ask questions and learn more about the business.
Children and families are also invited in the hopes that the open house can shed some light on the aggregate and construction industries. Attendees will have a chance to operate equipment using a training simulator and test their skills operating heavy mining equipment in the field.
“We want the public to see and understand that we are a partner who wants to do right by the community and the environment,” said Setterstrom.
Dakota Aggregates leases the property in UMore Park from the University of Minnesota, where it mines sand and gravel for construction. The 40-year lease agreement, signed in 2011, allows for phased aggregate mining on the property.
The company mines about 60 feet above the water table and will eventually go beneath the water table. When work is done on the property in 40 years, there will be a 400-acre lake where the digging took place.
The Rosemount Area Historical Society will also have a booth at the event highlighting the history of Gopher Ordnance Works, a smokeless powder production plant located off County Road 46 that was closed after the end of World War II. Approximately 8,000 acres of the property that housed the works was transferred to the University of Minnesota in 1947 and 1948.