April 16, 2014 
A River History Event Highlight:
Friday, May 2, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM 
2nd floor of the Granite Falls American Legion 
"Don't Worry; We've Got This" will be an evening full of good people, good food, good conversation, and good fun!  We are convening a Gathering of Rising Leaders for a number of reasons:
  1. We want you guys to meet each other!  
  2. We want to support your growth!  
  3. We want to have fun!  

What's with this Millennial Leadership Network thing, anyway?

  1. We have designed "Don't Worry; We've Got This" with Millennials in mind, but:
  2. Everyone is welcome!  
  3. The Network will keep your connections strong!  


Join us in celebrating and congratulating CURE's 2014 award recipients at our 22nd Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3rd at Bootlegger's Supper Club! 

RiverKeeper Award:
Announced at the Annual Meeting
Every year for the past 20 years, we have presented someone with a hand made plate donated by Tokheim 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.

ACTION Opportunity: Earth Day MN River Roadside CleanUp
Celebrate Earth Day with the CURE Community! Come as you are and join others who also believe that every action counts. 


Meet at 5:15 PM at Chippewa County Park in Wegdahl just off highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo. We will break up into teams and tackle our designated highway area. If we get enough folks, it should only take an hour to cleanup! Check out our last blog post, Bud Light is the Beverage of Choice for Drivers Between Granite Falls & Montevideo, which is about our last cleanup last fall.  

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.
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.



SFA has stepped forward to support an award-winning beginning farmer educational program, Sustainable Food Production, which formerly was a part of M State Fergus Falls. The Sustainable Food Production program will now continue as a program under the SFA umbrella.


Sustainable Food Production is a much-needed beginning-farmer curriculum that emphasizes all three tenets of sustainability, plus provides extensive skills training. A unique aspect of SFP is its commitment to community development and mentoring, a perfect fit with SFA's farmer-to-farmer network.

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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. 
ACTION Opportunities

For River History Weekend happening on May 1, 2, 3 & 4, we are looking for people to help with:
  • Photography
  • Team leaders for Saturday's activities
  • Leaders of 'self-organized' paddle trips to different locations (you get to pick the one of your choice)
  • Shuttle drivers for the eco-voyageur trips
  • Sign haulers
  • General helpers for activities at Wegdahl
Contact  [email protected] or call 1-877-269-2873 for additional opportunities and details. 
Volunteers will receive a CURE t-shirt for their time!
In the news...
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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Montevideo, Minnesota 56265
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