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October 30, 2013
Dakota Aggregates LLC was recognized at a Oct. 30, 2013, reception hosted by University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, for the establishment of the Dakota Aggregates Scholarship within the College of Science and Engineering. The scholarship goals are described in the 40-year mining lease agreement signed by Dakota Aggregates and the University in June 2011. Dakota Aggregates is a joint venture between Ames Construction and Cemstone.
Dakota Aggregates' objective is to support students who are pursuing geology and civil engineering, and help them identify career pathways in the aggregate and related industries that are experiencing a dearth of young professionals. The scholarship is anchored in the departments of Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering.
Following permit approvals from the City of Rosemount, Dakota Aggregates began mining operations on the UMore Park property in Dakota County in September 2013. Income to the scholarship fund is generated through sales of aggregate over ther 40-year term of the lease agreement. The mining area is composed of the watern 1,700 acres of the 5,000-acre UMore Park property. On other areas of the property, the UMore Development LLC, a University company charged with development of the property, has identified the first phase location for mixed use development that would include residential, commercial, industrial and retail uses.