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

When: Monday, March 7, at 5 PM
Where: Upper Sioux Community Multipurpose Building, 5722 Travers Lane, Granite Falls, MN

When: Wednesday, March 9
Where: Best Western, Willmar, MN

When: Thursday, March 10
Where: New Ulm Event Center

When: Thursday, March 31
Where: Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill

Water Program

"What we really need is to establish an ethic of clean water practices." I urge you, and I ask you, to spend today establishing our ethic: that clean water practices are every Minnesotan's responsibility. That anything less is unacceptable. And that it's achievable if all of us do our part."- Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Water Summit, St. Paul, February 27, 2016.

Eight hundred Minnesotans joined Governor Mark Dayton last Saturday, February 27, for the Governor's Water Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown St. Paul. In spite of fierce competition for admission to the summit, CURE and Land Stewardship Project (LSP) brought 70 member-delegates from across Minnesota to St. Paul.

Indigenous women and supporters will gather at Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, MN on Friday, March 25, at 9 am to begin a week-long Water Walk along the course of the MNiSota (Minnesota) River. The Walk will conclude April 1 at Fort Snelling State Park in Minneapolis, MN, where the MNiSota meets the Mississippi.

The purpose of the Water Walks is to draw attention to the river's contamination and at the same time, honor the water as a living being. "The Walks are extended ceremonies for the water led by Indigenous peoples," states Sharon Day. "We believe the water has a spirit and is a living entity that we, humans, have been gifted with to love and cherish."
Climate Program

Over 70 people, including students from Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and the University of Minnesota, Morris, community leaders, farmers, local business members, gathered in a ballroom at SMSU on Wednesday evening, February 24th, to meet with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The meeting was to provide feedback on the Clean Power Plan as it applies to Minnesota.

Blog post by Peg Furshong, Operations and Program Director.
"Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback," by Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel, Star Tribune
"Minnesota Republicans still want to stop Clean Power Plan work," by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News
Energy Program
"Xcel: Plan to replace Sherco units won't cost much more," by Kirsti Marohn, St. Cloud Times

"Solar job growth expected to continue in Minnesota," by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News.

"Red Lake Nation goes solar," by John Engar, MPR News.
Events and Adventures

This week-long course will be taught at Lac qui Parle State Park by multiple instructors and with access to the outdoors, it will provide participants the opportunity to immediately connect with relevant examples of content presented. The course starts on Monday, June 13 and ends on Friday, June 17th, 2016.

This year, CURE will be hosting its 24th Annual Membership Meeting at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN, on Saturday, April 23rd. The business meeting will start promptly at 11 AM with a lunch to follow. After lunch, a roundtable discussion will begin. Doors open at 10 AM.

Our annual meeting this year is pared-down because of our work with multiple campaigns, but most importantly, we are saving our resources to celebrate our 25th anniversary next year.

Meeting details, RiverKeeper announcement, and registration details are coming soon.

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