ST. PAUL (AP) -- Fort Snelling will remain open, but the Minnesota Historical Society will cut 14 jobs and reduce hours at other sites as part of budget cuts.
Fort Snelling will open in the spring as usual, society director Nina Archabal said on Monday. The fort is the third most-visited site in the society's network, behind the State Capitol and Split Rock Lighthouse.
Last month, the society said Fort Snelling would have to be closed along with the Forest History Center at Grand Rapids and the Grand Mound Historic Site near International Falls to absorb $2 million in cuts proposed by Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Lawmakers rejected Ventura's proposed budget and passed into law their own, which includes $800,000 in cuts to the Historical Society.
"Legislators heard from their constituents how important historic sites are to their communities, to schoolchildren and to the quality of life in Minnesota and they responded with funds that allow us to open all our sites this spring," Archabal said.
Still, the society will cut eight full-time and six part-time jobs, effective April 1, Archabal said.
In addition, the Forest History Center will close on Labor Day instead of mid-October, and the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul will operate year-round, but only on Fridays and Saturdays.
Other changes announced Monday include finding someone else to manage the Grand Mound Historical Site and closing the Mille Lacs Indian Museum for the next three winters.
Historians and researchers also may see reduced service with the loss of a collections curator, two microfilm technicians and other staff members who process and document collections, Archabal said.
The society remains vulnerable to further budget cuts as legislators struggle with an additional projected shortfall from a poor February economic forecast.
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