Gneiss Outcrop Group
Photo by Mike Murray, Ghent, MN
Anne Queenan
Anne Queenan
Voices of the River Project Complete
Project by Anne Queenan, 
CURE 2012 Good Media Award Recipient


This year-long oral history project was focused on recording the stories of the people who stepped up, spoke out, took action and joined forces with others to address water quality issues facing the Minnesota River. Thank you to Anne, project collaborators and to the people who shared their story. 


Copies of the complete oral history transcripts will be archived at the Minnesota Historical Society.  They are also posted on the Voices of the River blog with the corresponding blog story. This blog is and will be hosted on the CURE website under "Media/Blogs".  The project has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society, with matching funds by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE)


The director of the project is Anne Queenan, writer of accompanying blog stories and videographer/producer of the clips featured on the blog. View blog posts below.



Prairie Smoke Hike
Blog post by CURE Board Member Megan Ulrich.

Minnesota Master Naturalist, Matt Kubly, led a hike through the Prairie Smoke School Nature Area (PSSNA) this past Saturday, July 20th. There were 5 attendees, including Matt. We spent 2 hours marveling at the sheer diversity and abundance of species in this small habitat. The PSSNA is located at the north end of 11th Street (north off of HWY 212, 3 blocks past Winter Park) in Granite Falls.

There is a mind-blowing variety of native plant species (many I could not identify) in the PSSNA including; prairie cinquefoil, spiderwort, vervain, wild onion, anemone, wild bergamot... read more about the hike and request here
Gneiss Outcrop Hike Group
Gneiss Outcrop SNA Hike to the Lake of the Little Tree Spirits 
Blog post recapping the hike, photo gallery included.

CURE Board Member and hike leader, Don Robertson, met 10 explorers at Memorial Park in Granite Falls,  along the meandering Minnesota River, last Wednesday. The explorers waited to embark on a hike of the Gneiss Outcrop Scientific Natural Area (SNA) just outside of Granite Falls. The Gneiss Outcrops, formed approximately 3.6 billion years ago, are among the oldest known rock on the earth's surface. Before we began the hike, Don delivered background information on the spiritual and historical nature of the site. Read more of the blog post here

In the news...
  • "Where Does a River Flow?" by Stacey Detwiler, River Blog, American Rivers, July 26, 2013. The Department of Interior just released a new tool that lets you map out a river from its source in countless small headwater streams all the way downstream.
Tour Outcrops
CURE's Events & Adventure's Program

Experience the Upper Minnesota River Watershed with the guides from Wild River Academy and from our CURE members and board members by paddling, biking, fishing, birding, hiking or all of the above! Click on the links below to learn more about each trip including details on special costs for our CURE members. - Advanced Registration Required.


Paddling the MN River Watershed:
Minnesota River Trip in Renville County

Saturday, August 10th4 hour day trip.
Kinney Landing
Saturday, August 10th from 8 AM to 11 AM.
Sunday, August 11th. 3 hour day trip.
Thursday, August 15th from 9 AM to 12 PM.
Saturday, August 24th from 3 PM to 6 PM.


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