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CURE is Taking a Stand for Food

CURE is taking a Stand for Food, assisting in a campaign to reinstate a ground-breaking, affordable one-year Sustainable Food Production diploma program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls, on the edge of the watershed.
Aided by a small grant from the Unitarian Universalists, CURE launched Stand for Food, a campaign using social media and traditional tools to pressure M State and MNSCU into reinstating this valuable tool. Please joint us with a "Like" on the Stand for Food Facebook page, a visit to the  Stand for Food blog, and following @Stand4Food on twitter. Share these tools with your friends. Click here to read more.
Are you thinking about a career more connected to the land?  Enrollment is open in two great programs:
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Food Co-ops are thriving in rural Minnesota

The Willmar Community Owner Grocery Project now has 470 investors and is looking to hire a marketing coordinator. Check out these sites to learn more: &

Large coal power plants getting life extensions

Plans to build the Big Stone II Coal Generation Plant ended in late 2009. Ratepayers continue to pay the development costs of the defunct Big Stone II today. 


For years, Big Stone II developers said that pollution from the existing Big Stone I plant would never be remedied without the new plant being built alongside the old. Not true. Upgrades to reduce pollution at Big Stone I are currently underway. The cost is $405 million. Unfortunately, upgrades won't stop the old plant from emitting millions of tons of climate changing carbon going forward.   Check out this story by David Scaffer in the Star Tribune.
Girls Rule at Fishing
CURE Blog Post by Diana Moe


Starting at Kinney Landing just outside of Granite Falls, five fisherwomen met to learn the basics of river fishing. We discussed safety rules and looked at an identification map of Minnesota fish. What could we catch in the river? Shortly after putting our lines in the water, we realized that Kinney Landing may not have been the best choice for fishing. Our lines repeatedly snagged on the boat ramp. The group decided to move to Memorial Park in Granite Falls instead. Click here to read more.

Last CURE Summer Float for 2013 from New Ulm to Courtland with Wild River Academy
CURE Blog Post by Sally Jo Sorensen


Searching the water by a sandbar near the confluence of the Cottonwood and Minnesota Rivers last Sunday, 7-year-old Jesse scooped up an eight-inch-long freshwater mussel shell, its two halves still joined.

"Look at this mussel shell," he said, bringing the bivalve to Wild River Academy's Anna Johnson and me, his paddling partners for the morning, while adding details about the departed creature that he'd learned in a DNR workshop. Click here to read more

Biking in the Upper Minnesota Watershed at Lac qui Parle State Park
THIS Saturday, August 24th, 3 to 6 PM

This 3-hour adventure led by CURE Board Member Brian Wojtalewiczoffers something for everyone!  Participants may choose from paved trails in the newer upper park, on the east side of the lake, to a 19 mile loop that provides the rider with a variety of hills and straight terrain, on very lightly trafficked county tar roads.  Alternative 5 to 10 mile round trips will be available. A nice DNR interpretive center with many stuffed birds, and a variety of animal pelts, is handy on the east side.


At 5:30 pm, there will be a short historic presentation at the Joseph Renville Fort site, and a visit to the nearby largest known cottonwood tree in the state of Minnesota.


Location: Lac qui Parle Lake, Upper and Lower State Park. 


To register, call our office at 320-269-2984 or email [email protected].  Read more about the trip here.

Will Steger and J. Drake Hamilton
Polar Explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton
SAVE the DATE: Clean Energy, Climate, and Health Public Forum
Sunday, September 15th, at 7 PM in Granite Falls

A free public forum with polar explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton.

Minnesota is on a clean energy path that is bringing benefits to human health and our air, water, and natural resources.



Will Steger . J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy

Duane Ninneman, CURE . Rev. Steve Carmany, Granite Falls Lutheran


Click here for more information

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Events & Adventures Program
CURE's Events & Adventure's Program

Experience the Upper Minnesota River Watershed with guides from our CURE members and board members by paddling, biking, fishing, birding, hiking or all of the above! Click on the link below to learn more about our last summer trip including details on special costs for our CURE members. - Advanced Registration Required. The fall Events & Adventures schedule will be out soon!


Saturday, August 24th from 3 PM to 6 PM.


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