Minnehaha Academy Blog

Upper School Updates

Posted by Melissa Mortenson on Aug 9, 2017 2:51:53 PM

Check back periodically for updates as we make progress on the plans for the 2017-2018 school year for Upper School students as well as other rebuilding efforts and events.

We appreciate your support. You may give online or send gifts directly to the school at 4200 West River Parkway, Mpls 55406


Updated: 8/17/17
MPR News: Interview with Dr. Donna Harris
But [Dr. Donna Harris] keeps praying and keeps coming back to the Proverbs passage, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path."

Updated: 8/15/17
Pioneer Press Article: Minnehaha Athletics
“I’ve shared with them [student athletes], flat out, that they can bring the community back to a better place by just going out there and playing hard and representing us well on the field,” Athletic Director Josh Thurow said. “By (kids) coming back, it takes a little more focus off a tragic event. We don’t ever forget those things, but this can get us back toward some real positive things." 

Updated: 8/14/17
Unity Walk Music
Calling all Redhawk musicians! Be ready to join in singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" or bring your instrument to play in the pep band!

Updated: 8/11/17
Unity Walk
Join us on Tuesday for a Unity Walk – an opportunity to come together, to pause, to remember, to call on the Lord, and to look forward together. We will meet on the grassy side of the tennis courts at the Upper School at 6 p.m. and walk to the Lower & Middle School. Please WEAR RED and join us!

Date: Tuesday, 8/15
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Minnehaha Academy Upper School, walk 1 mile to Lower & Middle School

Updated: 8/9/17
Letter from the President
Dear Minnehaha Community,

We are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, love, and prayers from this community in the aftermath of last week’s tragic accident at the Upper School. We stand on a firm foundation; God has been faithful to Minnehaha Academy for more than 100 years, and we trust in Him for the future.

This community is strong and resilient. We are blessed with a supportive and strategic Board of Trustees, talented administrative leadership, faculty and staff. Our alumni, alumni parents and current parents are loyal and supportive. We remain committed to our mission and we know that the Lord will bring beauty from these ashes.

So many of you have contacted us asking how you can be of assistance. Here are three ways:

1. Pray. Continue to pray for everyone who was involved in the incident, for the families of John Carlson and Ruth Berg, for our leadership team as we make decisions, for our staff, faculty, and students, and for the future rebuilding of the Upper School.

2. Help. Let us know your expertise. Sign up to let us know how you can be of service during this time. https://goo.gl/forms/PYD7EE4uE9yOKvmf2

3. Give. In the rebuilding process, we will make an even better Minnehaha. Your gifts will support the school in this transition and cover expenses beyond our insurance coverage. www.minnehahaacademy.net/giving/givenow

In the midst of the hurt, sadness, and grief, we are confident in the Lord’s guidance and direction, and most of all, His love. We are held up by your prayers. Minnehaha Academy is so much more than a building; we are a caring community across this city, nation and world. My prayer continues to be that we will lock hands and hearts and do the hard work of rebuilding together. We have been and will continue to be strong because we are in this together.

Thank you again for your support.

Donna Harris, Ed.D

Updated: 8/9/17
Ruth Berg Memorial Service
Ruth Berg was an important part of the Minnehaha Academy community and we will celebrate her life with a memorial service on Sunday, August 13 at 5 pm in our Lower & Middle School Chapel. Her family will receive visitors prior to the service, starting at 2 pm. 4200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN.

Updated: 8/8/17
Continued Prayers
Thank you all for your offers to help! At this time the Upper School is not secure or safe for anyone to be moving debris or other materials. We are grateful for everyone's generosity and desire to help, but please do not go to the Upper School to offer your services at this time – we want to make sure everyone stays safe! Please continue to pray for our community. 

Updated: 8/4/17
Donations & Support
We appreciate the support of the Minnehaha alum who started the GoFundMe page. For those who would rather donate directly to Minnehaha Academy for a tax donation or to take advantage of your employer’s matching gift program, you may do so. You may give online or send gifts directly to the school at 4200 West River Parkway, Mpls 55406


Updated: 8/3/17
John Carlson Memorial Service
We will celebrate John Carlson’s life with a memorial service on Sunday at 6 pm in our Lower & Middle School Chapel. His family will receive visitors prior to the service, from 4-6 pm. 4200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis

Updated: 8/3/17
Bryan Duffey Update
This morning our prayers are with Minnehaha's facilities team member Bryan Duffey and his family. We pray for his healing and for the wisdom of the doctors and nurses caring for him at this time.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all of those in the Minnehaha Community. We continue to pray for the families of John Carlson and Ruth Berg. We are thankful for the outpouring of support from emergency responders and members of the community. Thank you.