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Otto Bremer Trust Investment Supports Edson Renovation at UMN Morris

The stage in Edson Auditorium, seen from behind the control booth
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
September 5, 2019

The University of Minnesota Morris has received an investment from the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) for the renovation of Edson Auditorium in the Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center. It will be used to complete a transformation of the campus's premier performance space.

This grant completes the renovation project that began last year. The upgrade includes a new lobby and stage, lights, and sound for the beloved campus and community landmark.

In recognition of OBT's investment, the auditorium's new control booth will be named the Otto Bremer Trust Control Center.

"We're thankful for the chance to partner with the Otto Bremer Trust on this important community project," says Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann. "Their investment will enable us to provide high-quality arts and culture programming for the west central community for years to come."

With their grant to the renovation of Edson Auditorium, OBT continues a tradition of support for the Morris campus. Their previous support has benefited the Center for Small Towns, the Regional Fitness Center, and other campus initiatives.

The Edson Auditorium renovation was made possible by a generous gift from the Morrison family. The renovated auditorium features prominently in the new Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Performing Arts Center.

About The Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in St. Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. OBT is the 92 percent owner of Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company, and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $700 million in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit