we hope you enjoy reading CURE's September RiverVoice.
Upcoming Events

When: Saturday, Oct. 10th, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Where: Confluence of the Yellow Medicine River and the Minnesota River located near the Lower Campground at Upper Sioux Agency State Park

When: Saturday, October 24, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: West Central Research and Outreach Center located on the University of Minnesota Morris Campus

This one of a kind custom 12' 7" traditionally hand-built wooden lapstrake boat combines elements of both the Arendals and the Holmsbu prams. This inshore craft makes an excellent rowboat at the lake and is often referred to as the "water wheelbarrow" of the fjords of Norway. This pram was built using old world, simple and honest construction techniques. The materials used included white oak (ribs), white pine (frame), basswood (oars), copper nails and rivets. In the traditional fashion, the boat was finished with pine tar, linseed oil and turpentine.

Back in August of 1999, Dan Canton and Franz Allbert Richter signed up for a boat building class in Grand Maris, MN, at the North House Folk School taught by Bob Elliot. Upon returning home, the men were joined by Jon Roisen and Gene Tokheim and together built a series of four prams in the early 2000's.

Starting Bid: $2,500

The Pram has only been used a half dozen times. The Pram comes with the trailer it is currently sitting on.

The winning bid will be announced on Monday, November 2, 2015, and the winning bidder will have until noon on Monday, November 9th to produce payment in full. In the event that payment is not received, the next highest bidder will be contacted and given 5 business days to produce payment.

Payment may be made in the form of cash, cashier's check, Master Card or Visa.

Buy It Now Price: $5,000

This Norse Pram was donated by Joseph Amato with the expressed intent that it be sold to raise money for CURE programs.
Water Program

The Minnesota River in Granite Falls, MN, is the site for a recently funded study to determine whether a whitewater park would be feasible for a 3-mile stretch beginning at the Granite Falls Dam and ending downstream at the Minnesota Falls rapids. On Monday, September 21st, the Granite Falls City Council unanimously voted to match Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization's contribution of $10,000 by committing $5,000 of city funds and $5,000 of Economic Development Authority funds to hire John Anderson Architect, LLC and The Shimoda Group, both affiliated with the McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group. The $20,000 study over a 7-week period will explore the possibility of a whitewater bypass with dam safety enhancements at the operational Granite Falls Hydro Dam.

Post by Sarina Otaibi, Director of Communications & Engagement.
Energy Program
"Coal's Devastation," by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic.

"The Connection Between Cleaner Air and Longer Lives," by Michael Greenstone, The New York Times.

"Big utilities enter market for small rooftop solar," by Ray Henry and Susan Montoya, Portland Press Herald

Events and Adventures

"What a great day!  We removed over 20 loads of buckthorn with 40 volunteers.  The estimated value of the day's work is $5,810.22 (independentsector.org).  National Public Lands Day is a great way for Minnesota Master Naturalist to partner with local groups and locations to work on natural resource issues that result in positive outcomes." - Amy Rager, Program Director, Minnesota Master Naturalist.

"I am so impressed with the amount of work that was accomplished. The Lac qui Parle site is really transformed. We couldn't be more appreciative of the partnership, and couldn't imagine being able to accomplish that on our own." -  Ben Leonard, Manager of Community Outreach and Partnerships, Minnesota Historical Society.

Blog post by Peg Furshong, Director of Operations & Constituent Relations and Events & Adventures Program Coordinator. Photos by Sarina Otaibi. 

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