Town Hall Arsonists Arrested


The fire apparently started in the rear of the building. (Pioneer Press: Emily Cutts)

Mariam Tahir, News Editor

In 2013, the historic Eagan Town Hall was set on fire. Finally, after a two year investigation, the police arrested two brothers connected to the fire.

Wade Arvidson and Wynn Arvidson were arrested in December and have been recently charged with one count of felony arson in the first degree. The two brothers committed this crime due to frustration with the Eagan Police Department. Back in 2006, Wade Arvidson was arrested for theft in multiple cities and was sentenced with five years in prison.

Investigators found video of the brothers leaving the night of the fire at around 2:30 a.m. and returning at around 5:15 a.m. The town hall fire started at 4:15 in the morning. Police found toilet paper in the building with Arvidson’s DNA and tapped into phone calls that aided the investigation.

Built in 1914, the Town Hall was used until 1965. It has served as a museum since. Now the city’s main goal is to restore the building as it was before, but there will be several features added, such as air conditioning and a bathroom separate from the building.

Fixing the damaged building has costed about $340,000. The restored town hall is predicted to be open in the spring of this year.