The White House's deputy to the president in energy and climate, and their office of public outreach, on a national conference call with climate activists gave a shout out to our hugely successful Climate, Energy, and Health Public Forum in Granite Falls this week! A special thank you to everyone who took the time to help with that event and to attend.  
Community Building in Historic Watson Hall
Blog post recapping the Deep Roots event

Over 80 people gathered together to fill the historic Watson Town Hall for a September potluck, community building,  great music, and compelling storytelling.  All generations were present, from very little ones to Millennials to Baby Boomers to the elderly.


The  Deep Roots event in Watson was a celebration of food, community, and landscape. The Stick Bird Trio from the Morris and Hancock area played throughout the evening. Kylene Olson, former Watson mayor and the Executive Director of the Chippewa River Watershed Project, welcomed the crowd with stories of her personal memories of the Watson Town Hall... click here to read more 




Organizations such as the Granary Food Co-op, Sustainable Food Production Program, Chippewa 10% Project, the Chippewa River Watershed Project, CURE, and LSP had information tables and take action items for attendees. 


To view photos of the event,  click here


This event was co-sponsored by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and the Land Stewardship Project (LSP).


Community Design Workshop with MCAD
Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in collaboration with CURE will be hosting a workshop in October. As a part of MCAD's ongoing Greater Minnesota Arts Initiative, they are coordinating a weekend design workshop in southwestern Minnesota called " Activate Vacant Space." It has two objectives: to visually brainstorm ideas for interior and exterior vacant or underutilized spaces in the Upper Minnesota River Valley, and to develop 1-2 projects for implementation this fall.

they will have some case studies and other resources on hand, and will integrate community participants and MCAD faculty and students to have diversity of skills and voices on each team. There are 10 to 12 of us coming out from MCAD. We'd love to have you as part of the process. See example of projects by clicking here.


Please email Sarah at [email protected] with the following:

  1. Name and contact information
  2. Any conflicts / commitments on Saturday October 19th and Sunday, October 20th. Project work will be approximately 6 to 8 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday.
  3. Amount of stipend you request (if any)
For more information, please click here


CURE Sponsored Art Reception & Poetry Readings
Friday, October 4th from 4 PM to 10 PM
Poetry by the students and Florence Dacey will be about water, celebrating the river and our natural world. 
  • 4 PM: Poetry reading by students from the Montevideo Schools under the direction of author and poet Florence Dacey of Cottonwood, Minnesota. 
  • 5:30 PM: Florence Dacey will read her poetry 
  • 1 PM to 10 PM: Granite Area Arts Council will host an exhibit in the K.K. Berge Gallery that features a variety of Meander Artists. Visitors to the Gallery will see a representative sample of work from 20 of the 45 artists who are involved in the Meander Arts Crawl. Reception is sponsored by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE).
  • 7 PM: Put on your poodle skirts! PlaceBase Productions will create an original, interactive "walking theater" production in downtown Granite Falls, highlighting the history of Main Street and the community's revered 'Saturday Nights' of the 1940s and 50s. 
  • 8 PM: A twenty-one piece big band, as well as a few other surprises! 
Mussel Field Day
Bernard Sietman
Mussel Field Day with Bernard Sietman
Saturday, September 21st, 10 AM to 12 PM

Sietman is one of two specialists in the State of Minnesota that work with mussels. Bernard will give an overview of the mussel species, provide information for identifying varies species and answer questions.  Participants will have the opportunity to "get their feet wet" and explore the area and learn how to assess the health of the river. Click here for more information.


Benard Sietman is a Missouri Native and has worked on mussels in 13 states of a period of 20 years as a student, consultant, and biologist for Missouri and Illinois; he has been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (CNR) since 2002.  His first memory of a mussel was when he was about 12 years old.  His Dad reeled in a giant floater he accidentally hooked while fishing, he didn't realize the species until many years later.  In the photo attached he is holding a rare, and federally endangered, Sheepnose mussel in Pool 5 of the Mississippi River. 


We will meet at the shelter in Memorial Park just off Hwy 67 outside of Granite Falls at 10 AMThis event is FREE to CURE Members and NON-CURE Members are $5 and students/kids under 18 years of age are free with an adult. 


For more information or to register for the Mussel Field Day please call CURE at 1-877-269-2873 or email us at [email protected]We hope you will consider joining us!


Duane Ninneman to give Keynote Address at 8th Annual Earth Conference
Saturday, November 9th, 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Our own Duane Ninneman will give the Keynote Address for this year's Earth Conference in Mankato hosted by the Center for Earth Spirituality & Rural Ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.


This conference will delve into the science and get to the heart of the moral issues surrounding climate change. We will focus on how we can move ourselves further than simply changing a light bulb or shopping with reusable bags.


For more information, please click here

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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 for selected adventures. More events and adventures to be added to our fall schedule!


on Saturday, Sept. 28.
10 AM to 12 PM, Memorial Park, Granite Falls
Meander Opening Night
Co-sponsorship with the Granite Area Arts Council featuring 
Florence Dacey
& Children's River Poetry
on Friday, October 4th
Granite Falls, MN

More to come!
More to come!


Want to become a CURE Member? 
Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) is supported in part by your annual membership. Your membership provides funding for our Events and Adventures Program, our kayak and canoe fleet, and projects and campaigns that further our work in Watershed Sustainability, Climate and Energy, Leadership and Community Engagement. Click here to become a CURE member.


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