We hope you will be able to join CURE for its annual River History Weekend in June!
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Upcoming Events

When: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 10 AM to 2 PM on both days
Where: Big Stone Lake State Park, Ortonville, MN

When: Saturday, June 6, 9 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Upper Sioux Agency State Park

When: Saturday, June 13, 10 AM to 9 PM
Where: Upper Sioux Agency State Park, Granite Falls, MN

When: July 13 to 17. Early registration ends on June 1st
Where: Granite Falls, MN


For this year's River History Weekend on Saturday, June 13th, CURE is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other organizations to make the Minnesota River Public Paddle a success. The goal of the Public Paddle is to round up enough people to paddle all 318 miles of the Minnesota River in a single day. In addition to guided paddling trips, CURE's River History Weekend will include other outdoor activities, such as a bluebird hike in the morning and a campfire dinner followed by an open mic session in the evening at Upper Sioux Agency State Park.


If you are interested in learning more about the "River in a Day" event, click here.

Water Program


Conservationists keeping an eye on the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session witnessed an ugly series of train wrecks as environmental safeguard after environmental safeguard came under attack. This was particularly difficult for out-state conservationists, as they watched their elected officials make one bad policy move after another.


The session ended in chaos as leaders hurried to pass bills necessary to the functioning of the government with just minutes to spare (and no time for legislators to review and discuss, for example, a major budget bill). These were bills hammered out in conference committee, where conferees slipped in some controversial provisions that had not passed either chamber. As could be expected given these circumstances, final bills included a number of unfavorable provisions. In particular, the Agriculture-Environment Budget Bill, H.F. 846, hosted a number of dirty water provisions in addition to the final buffer compromise.


 Read more here >


Blog post by Ariel Herrod, Water Program Coordinator.

Energy Program

The 2015 legislative session was a disaster for those passionate about clean water, clean air, and renewable energy in greater Minnesota. While CURE focused on increasing both the renewable energy standard & the energy efficiency standard through the Minnesota Clean Energy and Jobs Campaign, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a complete repeal of the state's renewable energy standard, a repeal of the state's rooftop solar or net metering law and a repeal of the state's energy efficiency standard.

Blog post by Kristian Nyberg, Energy Program Coordinator.
"Coal retirements to more than double under Clean Power Plan," by Emily Holden, Nick Juliano, and Manuel Quiñones, E&E Publishing.

"Minneapolis, Chicago rank high in energy efficiency report," by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News
"Inside the war on coal," by Michael Grunwald,

Midwest Energy News.
Events and Adventures

The CURE Events & Adventures Program is all about connecting people with the outdoors, and this spring we partnered with the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and hosted our first Prairie & Potholes Biome training. For eleven weeks, sixteen people from all over southwestern Minnesota gathered to learn about the ecology, geology, and history of the Prairie & Potholes Biome (region) of southwestern Minnesota.

Blog post and photos by Peg Furshong, CURE's Events and Adventures Coordinator.

Read more about the foraged meal capstone project in this post by Tom Cherveny, "Outdoor bounty: Master Naturalists forage and prepare a delicious feast."
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