CURE Joins 100 Paddlers on Minnesota River for its 2015 River History Weekend

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Every year, CURE’s River History Weekend brings members and friends together to connect with Minnesota’s great outdoors. This year, CURE collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other organizations to promote the Minnesota River Public Paddle. The goal for the event was to round up enough people to paddle all 318 miles of the Minnesota River in a single day. Although we did not succeed in covering all 318 miles, over 100 people safely paddled 280 miles and 211 unique river miles.

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CURE lead two out of the six public trips scheduled for that day. Six paddlers joined the 8-mile route through the newly formed Minnesota Falls rapids from Memorial Park near Granite Falls to Upper Sioux Agency State Park. Thirteen others paddled 13-mile through some of the most scenic parts of the Minnesota River from Skalbekken County Park to Vicksburg County Park.

Read more about the Minnesota River Public Paddle in this Daily Planet article.

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CURE’s River History Weekend also included a bluebird hike led by Minnesota Master Naturalist Jill Bedel and a cookout at Upper Sioux Agency State Park. The campfire dinner featured local foods from Moonstone Farm, Pastures A Plenty, Easy Bean Farm, and Earthrise Farm.

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This event was supported in part by our members and Patagonia.

Blog post by Sarina Otaibi and photos by Sarina Otaibi, Peg Furshong, and Kristian Nyberg.