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CURE’s 22nd Annual Meeting

May 3, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

CURE’s 22nd Annual Meeting has been moved from its usual February date to its new May date. It will look and feel a lot like our usual February Annual Meeting event but include the look and feel of our outdoor May event, River History Weekend. The two annual events combined creates a more family friendly atmosphere with the ability to offer CURE Members and the community more opportunities to experience and connect with our surrounding landscape.


4 PM to 10 PM at Bootlegger’s Supper Club in Granite Falls


  • $20 for Adult CURE Members
  • $30 for Adult Non-Members
  • $10 for Student/Child CURE Members
  • $20 for Student/Child Non-Members.

 225 Person Limit. Registration Required. Steps to register for the Annual Meeting:

  1. Download the 22nd CURE Annual Meeting Registration Form
  2. Fill out the form
  3. You may attach the form to an email and send to  OR you may print it and mail it to 117 South 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265 with your payment OR you may stop in the CURE Office between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, to drop off your form and payment.
  4. Having trouble? Please call Dixie Toll Free at 877-269-2873 for help or to register via phone.

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Paddle Forward Presentation by Wild River Academy

Paddle ForwardLast fall, Wild River Academy sponsored eleven young adults to paddle the length of the Mississippi River to engage students in watershed education through an educational model called adventure learning. Through blog posts, pictures, videos, and discussion questions, K-12 schools across the nation followed the Paddle Forward expedition online to learn about our nation’s greatest watershed.

The presentation led by Anna Johnson, Nick Ryan and Natalie Warren consists of adventure stories, speculations and observations of the balance between industry and nature on the Mississippi River, and the hospitality of river communities along the route.

Wild River Academy is a non-profit organization in the Twin Cities dedicated to engaging communities in watershed education and outdoor recreation. The 2014 Paddle Forward trip will take place on the Illinois River next fall.

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Performance by singer/songwriter James Hersch

James HerschFor over thirty years acclaimed writer, singer and guitarist James Hersch has been quietly building a repertoire of work that puts him squarely on the edge of acoustic music’s importance in North American culture. James has a rare mixture of straight forward musical talent, humor and sensitivity that allows him to create songs that speak to what is common in all of us. James is one of those few performers who allow his listener to experience his music through intimate images which confront and celebrate today’s human condition.

James, a native Minnesotan, has eleven album credits to his name and has become known for his story song releases “BackTracks” and “Innerweather” (strictly acoustic, just James, his voice and his guitar). Hersch has been nominated National NACA Coffeehouse Entertainer of the Year several times and has been a finalist at the international Kerrville Folk Festival. He is a ‘Telly’ award winner for his original soundtrack for the 2009 PBS documentary, “Paving the Way: The National Park to Park Highway”.

James’ reachwithme program has been honored with the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity. Possessing a troubadour’s heart, James is asked to talk and sing about music’s power to gather and connect.

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Award Winners

RiverKeeper Award: Announced at the Annual Meeting

Every year for the past 20 years, we have presented someone with a hand made plate donated byTokheim Stoneware inscribed with a bible verse from Amos:  “May justice flow like water and integrity as an unfailing stream.”  Justice and integrity are rare traits and when we see them being lived out by an individual who is going above and beyond the call of duty to speak the truth and walk the talk, we nominate them for the River Keeper Award.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Vonnie Saquilan

CURE depends on volunteers to carry out our annual calendar of events such as the Annual Meeting, River History Weekend, our Events & Adventures activities, river cleanups and dozens of other events we organize in the course of a year.

Good Media Award: Tom Cherveny, Reporter, West Central Tribune

This award is given each year to an individual or news organization that creates awareness about the Minnesota River and the issues affecting it. CURE depends on the media to fulfill its mission to focus public awareness on the Minnesota River Watershed.

Kubly Good Government Award: Representative Andrew Falk (DFL) District 17A

This award is given every year at the CURE Annual meeting to a civil servant or government agency that has made a key contribution or set an example of how we can  work together to protect the water quality, natural beauty and biological integrity of the Upper Minnesota River Watershed.

Good Business Award: Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort Green Team

This award is given every year at the CURE Annual Meeting to companies, farms and/or entrepreneurs who have gone the extra mile to support a healthy and diverse Minnesota River Watershed environment.


Bootleggers Supper Club
1940 11th Avenue
Granite Falls, MN 56241 United States
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(320) 564-4003
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