2014 River History Weekend Overview

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This year’s River History Weekend combined two of our larger annual events into four days of networking, connecting, celebrating and fun! We were able to engage with over 300 people including our current members and supporters at each of our major events throughout the weekend.

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Estar in el Prairie Photo Essay Reception & Exhibit, May 1

Thursday night’s reception featured the project curators, photographers and photo’s subjects. University of Minnesota Morris students Jordan Wente and Natalie Hoidal shared their story with reception attendees in both English and Spanish as they described how this project was born, their process and how they hope to see this project grow and inspire other communities. They have sought to document the significance of the Latino Culture, and its importance to the rural landscape through black and white photography. Estar in el Prairie Photo Essay Exhibit, Retratos de nuestra nueva comunidad Latina: Portraits of Western Minnesota’s Emerging Latino Community will be up through the month of May at the K.K. Berge Gallery in Granite Falls so hurry in to check it out before it is taken down!
Funding for this photo essay exhibit has been made possible in part by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) through a grant from the Kresge Foundation, The Center for Small Towns, University of Minnesota Morris, Granite Area Arts Council and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation through the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Photos: Post by Cure MN River.

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“Don’t Worry; We’ve Got This” – A Gathering of Rising Leaders, May 2

Friday’s event gathered 50 young(ish) people from around the state, most of whom currently live in rural areas. You can read more about how this event unfolded by checking out our latest blog post.

Photos: Post by Cure MN River.

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River History Weekend Opportunities, Saturday, May 3

This year we wanted to offer a variety opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the outdoors. Unfortunately, the weather and water conditions were not favorable to safe paddling conditions, but we had scheduled numerous of other activities people were able to take part in throughout the day including art, birding, building birdhouses and safety training.

Photos: Post by Cure MN River.

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CURE’s 22nd Annual Meeting – May 3

CURE’s 22nd Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3rd was a great success as we filled the room with CURE members, elected new members to our Board of Directors, recognized individuals for their excellent environmental stewardship work within the Minnesota River Watershed, listened to Wild River Academy present about their last Paddle Forward trip down the Mississippi River and listened to great music by James Hersch! CURE presented awards to four individuals and one business for their excellence in environmental stewardship. Congratulations to all of our well-deserved award recipients!

Award Winners

Photos: Post by Cure MN River.

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A big THANK YOU to our event sponsors: The Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, Scheels All Sport, St. Cloud, Center for Small Towns, Morris and Jager Building Supply, Dawson.