April 3, 2014 
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. To register for CURE's 22nd Annual Meeting, click here


A River History Event Highlight:
Estar in el Prairie Photo Essay Exhibit Opening & Reception 
Thursday, May 1, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the K.K. Berge Building, Downtown Granite Falls. Free and open to the public. Retratos de nuestra nueva comunidad Latina: Portraits of Western Minnesota's Emerging Latino Community. This photo essay exhibit is up through the month of May. 

University of Minnesota Morris students Jordan Wente and Natalie Hoidal have sought to document the significance of the Latino Culture, and its importance to the rural landscape through black and white photography. From 2000 to 2010, the Latino population in Steven's County increased by 234%. In order to put faces and stories to this number, we are pairing photographers in the Morris area with Latino members of the community.  Click here to learn more about the project.

"Can I ask you a question?  It's probably really dumb, though.  But, what exactly is a watershed?"


That, my friend, professional acquaintance, or perfect stranger, is not a dumb question.  Not in the least.  Here, let me try to explain...


Click here to read more.

This is the second book to be featured in CURE's Book Club and is led by CURE Member Beth Lorenz Pullan. CURE has a couple of copies available for members to borrow if they like. 
The Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 8th & on Thursday, May 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
at the K.K. Berge Building in Granite Falls. It is free for CURE Members and $5 for non-members to participate. Please call the office to sign up at 1-877-269-2873.
The strategy is open for public review and comment through April 17, 2014. It is located on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ark8qrf, and also at MPCA regional offices.

The MPCA has scheduled three open house public meetings to review the draft strategy and hear public comments:

  • Wednesday, April 2, Blue Earth Public Library, Mankato, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 8, St. James Hotel, Red Wing, 2-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 10, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Questions and comments can be submitted to Larry Gunderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Rd. N., St. Paul, MN, 55105, email: [email protected], phone: 651-757-2400 or 800-657-3864. 
Three Director positions are up for grabs in this year's election at CURE's 22nd Annual Meeting and Celebration.  The meeting and election are scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd at Bootleggers Supper Club in Granite Falls.  Director's terms run for two years.
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Tuesday, April 22, 
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM.

River History Weekend & CURE's 22nd Annual Meeting. Granite Falls. Weekend of May 1st through the 4th. 

In the news...

"Minnesota lawmakers look to boost wind energy exports," by Dan Haugen, Midwest Energy

"Plowed Under," by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, American ProspectAcross the northern plains, native grassland is being turned into farmland at a rate not seen since the 1920s. The environmental consequences could be disastrous.
Events within our network...
Saturday, April 26, 2014Volunteers will guide birders around Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge and the lakes, wetlands, and native prairies around Lac qui Parle and southern Big Stone counties.  
Free and open to all who are interested. No pre-registration is needed. 
Minnesotans Protecting Our Lakes and Rivers 
May 1 - 2, 2014 
Cragun's in Brainerd, MN
May 10, 11 AM to 3 PM 
An outdoor local foods workshop hosted by Moonstone Farm. Click here for more information
Become an annual member of CURE today with membership levels starting at $20
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