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Minnehaha Support/Rebuilding Fund

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Tragedy has struck the Minnehaha Academy family. We must now come together as alumni, family and friends to support and rebuild our school.

On the morning of August 2, 2017, a gas leak resulted in an explosion that leveled a major section of the upper school building, and took the lives of two dedicated members of the Minnehaha Academy family: Ruth Berg and John Carlson. Many others were injured, some severely.

The rich Christian tradition of Minnehaha Academy and all that it stands for means so much to so many of us. Let us all now stand shoulder to shoulder with the families of the victims, offer them our fervent prayers and support, and band together to build an even better Minnehaha Academy for current students and generations to come.

Complete news coverage can be viewed here:





History of Minnehaha Academy:

My story: I am a 1989 Minnehaha graduate. My mother is a Minnehaha graduate. My three younger siblings are all Minnehaha graduates. My sister and her husband are current Minnehaha teachers. My closest friendships (that continue to this day) were formed at Minnehaha. Many of you have similar stories.

Our collective hearts are broken for the families of those lost and injured, and for the school and community we love.  We can all do SOMETHING to help in this time of shock and mourning. Every act of help, big or small, matters. Choose your means of helping and ACT.  #MinnehahaStrong.

[This campaign was set up by a group of Minnehaha alumni with the full knowledge and support of the school. Verification requests may be directed to Sara Jacobson at [email redacted].

If you wish to give a gift directly to the school for tax purposes, please do so here:

All funds raised via this gofundme campaign will be withdrawn directly by Minnehaha Academy and used to benefit the school at their sole direction.]

Cover photo credit:  Sean Jensen


  • Tom Burgeson
    • $100 
    • 7 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Brad Person
Minneapolis, MN
Sara Jacobson

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