From the historical lower post to the somber remembrance in the cemetery, Fort Snelling is something that is part of the Twin Cities area as much as Mall of America or the Foshay Tower. Now, according to media outlet MinnPost, an effort to restore and raise awareness about the popular fort's lesser-known upper post, which has been in existence since 1878. The article reports that charter school "Upper Mississippi Academy will open its doors in temporary quarters this fall, and its recent approval to occupy some of the historic buildings in the future is a major breakthrough in the preservation and reuse dream." The charter school, which begins this year, will eventually use nine of the 28 buildings on the site. Other sites are being renovated and have received interest from government agencies. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is the landlord. The fort's upper post is, of course, part of the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area. More on the post can be seen via this video by MinnPost, via Youtube.