CURE's bi-monthly newsletter
May 21, 2014 


On the Friday of River History Weekend, CURE unveiled its Leadership Network at an event designed to explore the rural Millennial experience.  About 50 people attended "Don't Worry; We've Got This" - A Gathering of Rising Leaders, and after a panel of presentations, 36 participated in aWorld Cafe discussion about their experiences with leadership.  Almost all the people in the room were under the age of 35 and currently living in a rural area.


This year's River History Weekend combined two of our larger annual events into four days of networking, connecting, celebrating and fun! We were able to engage with over 300 people including CURE's current members and supporters at each of our major events throughout the weekend.   


This year at CURE's 22nd Annual Meeting, CURE presented awards to four individuals and one business for their excellence in environmental stewardship. Congratulations to all of our well-deserved award recipients!
For 2013, Kylene Olson of Watson, MN and the Executive Director of the Chippewa River Watershed Project was recognized for 16 years of exemplary watershed work and was awarded the RiverKeeper Award at CURE's 22nd Annual Meeting. Read on...

Thank you to all of our great volunteers and activity leaders for stepping up to help CURE make this event happen. We could not host these events without your help! We appreciate your time and energy.

A big thank you to our event sponsors: The Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, Scheels All Sport, St. Cloud, Center for Small Towns, Morris and Jager Building Supply, Dawson.


Are you interested in honest discussion about the toll temperature and weather extremes take on rural communities and small towns?  Are you interested in practical, commonsense solutions that provide opportunities in your communities? Come join the Center for Rural Affairs for an informative and action-oriented discussion panel and advocacy training event. 

Energy, Climate and Rural Minnesota's Future
Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 5:30 to ~ 8:00pm.
St. Peter Community Center (Governor's Room)
600 South 5th Street  Ste. 200
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Please RSVP for the event so we have enough food! Contact Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch at [email protected] or by phone: 402.687.2103 x 1020. 


You are invited to the First Minnesota River Congress happening on June 19th at Turner Hall in New Ulm!


The main purpose of the first congress will be to discuss the merits of having a citizen-led, basin-wide organization to promote the economic and natural vitality of the river valley, and how it could be structured.


The Congress begins with afternoon events, followed by dinner, and discussion in the evening. The public is welcome and invited to attend.  You can attend any parts or all of the Congress, but the evening dinner and session will be the primary focus for those who need to work until 5 PMOrganizations involved in all aspects of the Minnesota River Valley are invited to register for a 'networking fair' 3-5 p.m.


Click here to register for the event. 
Click here to register to table at the event for a cause or organization.  


For more information, contact Scott Sparlin, 507-276-2280[email protected].
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BOOK CLUB Gathering featuring Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards by Sara Stein

Date: Thursday, May 22

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: K.K. Berge Building, Granite Falls. 

HIKE: Lundblad Prairie SNA
Date: Saturday, June 7th
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Lundblad Prairie SNA in Murray County
Date: Saturday, June 7th
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Big Stone Lake State Park, Meadowbrook Area.
Date: Sunday, June 8th
Time: 12 PM
Location: Morton Outcrops SNA in Renville County

In the news...

"GF, Upper Sioux recognized at CURE annual meeting," by Scott Tedrick, Granite Falls Advocate Tribune. 
"The Big Melt Accelerates," by Kenneth Chang, The New York Times
"Map: Aquatic invasive species spread across Minn.," by Nathaniel Minor, MPR News

"MnDOT collecting input on improving bicycle travel," by Tom Cherveny, West Central Tribune
Events within our network...

SD Kayak Challenge
Click here for more information
Minnesota River Congress

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