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demolition begins at minnehaha academy campus damaged by gas explosion

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demolition begins at minnehaha academy campus damaged by gas explosion

demolition crews began clearing debris from minnehaha academy's upper school on wednesday morning, four months after a deadly natural gas explosion caused significant damage to the building.school officials expect it will take up to six weeks to clear the damaged portions of the site at 3100 west river parkway in minneapolis. then, they plan to rebuild.the two major portions of the upper school that are still standing — housing the arts and athletics wings plus the chapel auditorium — have been reinforced because they were not designed as stand-along buildings, school officials said.engineers have spent the past weeks sorting through the best way to separate the debris from those structures. the portions of the school destroyed by the blast were built in 1912 and 1922."they have to be separated from the healthy areas in a very strategic way so that the healthy buildings can stay up," said sara jacobson, the private christian school's executive director of institutional advancement.the upper school and its roughly 350 students in grades nine through 12 is now in temporary class space at a former college campus in mendota heights. jacobson said they expect to move back to the original campus by fall 2019."the students are doing well at mendota," jacobson said. "they are resilient."she said school officials have added extra fun activities to cheer the kids up. recently, they played pickup dodgeball games in the parking lot at the mendota heights campus, and the schoo...