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Celebrating with a roof-breaking

Randy McKay of Hempel Companies, Lee Krueger with St. Paul Port Authority, Craig Leipold of the Minnesota Wild, Prairie Island Indian Community general counsel Jessie Seim, Hempel President and CEO Josh Krsnak, Minnesota Wild Vice President Jamie Spencer and Brenda Kyle of the St. Paul Port Authority mark the start of construction on the Treasure Island Center in St. Paul with a "roof-breaking" April 11, 2017. Submitted photo

Standing on the rooftop of the newly named Treasure Island Center, officials held an unusual ground-breaking April 11 to recognize the latest project that the Prairie Island Indian Community has made in St. Paul.

The Treasure Island Center will be the home to the Minnesota Wild's practice facility and several other businesses. The tribe owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, which has long been a sponsor of the Wild.

The announcement was made in February that the Wabasha Center, formerly Macy's in downtown St. Paul, would be called Treasure Island Center.

During the April 11 "roof-breaking," Prairie Island Indian Community general counsel Jessie Seim spoke about the importance of this investment in what is historical Dakota territory.