On a warm July morning, the prairie bursts with the excited voices of children.  Even shy kids can't hold back.  Little explorers, scientists, poets and artists vie for the attention of teachers and mentors while the adults, still kids at heart, are just as excited about this day's adventure.  A new world lives all around them, as green rolling prairie spreads in all directions.  On this journey of discovery, a new generation of conservationists is born, taught by patient elders to value and protect the rare landscape found right beneath their feet.  This was the Simon Lake BioBlitz.  

Introducing the next generation to conservation is Our Most Important Work.


We never want to become a pest, the invasive species in your life, but we need your help - money to do this work. While we have been lucky to have ongoing support for our major programs, money to connect with young kids and high school and college students is harder to come by - and the 2014-2015 program year is just starting!


Your September donation of $30 will help us carry on Our Most Important Work,

 because not having the financial resources to reach out to young people, to get them to unplug now and then, would end a CURE tradition that has brought hundreds of youth to value stewardship and join the conservation movement.


No contribution is too small.


Read more about Our Most Important Work September campaign here. 

"It has long been known that the state's first inhabitants made the Minnesota River Valley their home since the days when a catastrophic outburst flood created it." Read more in this news article by Tom Cherveny, West Central Tribune


Adopting a holistic approach to our work means that we are always looking to how different disciplines and knowledge bases come together.  This archaeological dig near Odessa is an example of just such a case, for the search for information about human history in the Minnesota Valley may also help to reveal geologic history: where writing a history of our people also includes writing a history of our land.  This reminds us that nothing stands alone, and that all aspects of the watershed are interconnected. 


Minnesota River Congress Regional Meeting in Montevideo


 We encourage everyone to attend an evening of robust conversation to share our diverse perspectives on the future of the Minnesota River Basin Movement.  Everyone is welcome and snacks and beverages will be served.


Who: Everyone that wants to meet their neighbors in the Minnesota River Basin

What: Regional Meeting to discuss future of collaborative efforts in the MN River Basin

When: Wednesday, September 10; 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Montevideo Community Center; in Southtown Plaza on the corner of S 1st Street and County Road 42 in downtown Montevideo

Why: Thoughtful conversation, good company, and a vision for the future


If you can't make it to the meeting in Montevideo, try one of the four other regional meetings:

  • September 11; co-hosted by Rural Advantage at the Knights of Columbus Hall (930 E. 10th St.) in Fairmont
  • September 15; at the J.R. Brown Center in Henderson
  • September 16; co-hosted by the Friends of the Minnesota Valley at the National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington
  • September 17; co-hosted by the Lower Sioux Community at Jackpot Junction in Morton


For an opportunity to get your hands dirty doing real, honest-to-goodness work on the Minnesota River, join CURE and other river-conscious folks at Memorial Park in Granite Falls on Saturday, September 13th, for a river cleanup and BBQ lunch!     

                                                                                          Read more...  


Back by popular demand - Bernard Sietman will come out on Saturday, September 20, to the Upper Minnesota River Watershed for a Field Day that will focus on the Pomme de Terre River Mussels.

Plan to join us at 10 AM and go until 1 PM. Bring a sack lunch, dress for water, bring boots and dry clothes. 

This event is FREE to CURE Members and $10 ($15 per family) for non-CURE members. Registration is REQUIRED and limited to 24 attendees. Reserve your spot today by calling Dixie at 1-877-269-2873.    
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Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Location: Montevideo Community Center in Southtown Plaza

Date: Saturday, Sept. 13
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
Location: Memorial Park on Hwy. 67 near Granite Falls


FIELD DAY: Mussels with Bernard Sietman

Date: Saturday, Sept. 20

Time: 10 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Pomme de Terre River

Climate . Energy 
Water . Agriculture 
"River Congress sets meetings" by Advocate Tribune, West Central Tribune.

"Everything Counts," by Kathleen Weflen, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

"Collecting the wealth of the prairie," by Tom Cherveny, Outdoors

"Enbridge wins Minnesota OK for oil pipeline," by Elizabeth Dunbar, MPR News

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Montevideo, Minnesota 56265
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