St. Paul Approves Settlement in Lilydale Landslide

Updated: 03/12/2014 4:43 PM By: Cassie Hart

Photo: KSTP/File
Photo: KSTP/File

The city of St. Paul passed a $1 million settlement that will be split between the families of two boys killed and one boy injured in last year's landslide at Lilydale Regional Park.

The families of the children who died - 9-year-old Haysem Sani and 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana - would each get $400,000, while $200,000 would go to the family of 10-year-old Devin Meldahl, who suffered skull, leg and rib fractures.
The children were part of a group from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park that went fossil-hunting at Lilydale Regional Park.

The landslide happened when the students were walking along a path near the edge of the Mississippi River bluffs.  

Police and firefighters dug frantically with shovels and their hands to get to the children. One child was buried to the waist and another was buried completely. About 20 to 30 people, including city park and public safety staff members, helped with the rescue.

Two city-funded investigations last year found that city employees knew of past landslides in the park but could not have predicted the tragedy.