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

When: Wednesday, June 8, 3PM to 9PM
Where: Upper Sioux Agency State Park

When: Saturday, June 11, 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: Minnesota River (Skalbekken County Park to Vicksburg County Park)

On Saturday, April 23, CURE members came together to wrap up another successful year of grassroots advocacy.  Members gave up a top ten weather day in Minnesota to review CURE's business year, elect members to the board of directors, discuss CURE's work with staff, award the 2015 River Keeper award, and engage in conversation about a Water Ethic Charter for Minnesota.
After four transformative years, I am leaving CURE's nest. As of Friday, April 29th, I will no longer be working for the organization that I have grown with over the years. I am pursuing my dream job in the historic preservation field as the Minnesota Main Street Coordinator for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM).

Thank you to the many in the CURE community for your support, friendship, and mentorship. Thank you for providing me with a strong foundation to pursue future endeavors.

Join us in welcoming Tan Liya to CURE!  Ms. Tan comes to CURE as a part of a professional exchange funded by the US State Department and directly managed for CURE and Ms. Tan by the National Committee on US China Relations.

Ms. Tan will be working at CURE from May 2 to May 27.
Water Program

Here is your chance to invest in CURE's work around developing a Minnesota Water Ethic Charter. This Minnesota Water Ethic Print was created from two graphic recordings of roundtable meetings in Renville and Northfield, MN, organized by CURE and the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). CURE and LSP designed the two meetings to answer Governor Dayton's call to begin engaging community members around a conversation to draft a community-based Minnesota Water Ethic Charter. There are only 120 limited edition signed and numbered prints available for purchase. The prints are 18" x 23".

Another way to receive your copy of the print is to join our monthly giving program and become a  Sustaining Member. By giving $10, $15, or $20 a month, you are supporting CURE's important work year-round. Click here to join!
Climate Program
Energy Program

"Report: rural Michigan landowners net millions from wind farms," by Andy Balaskovitz, Midwest Energy News. 

"Why we must make green energy a public good," by Kate Aronoff, In These Times

"NL-S rooftop solar project likely delayed," by Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune.
Events and Adventures

CURE members were in attendance at the 41st annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend in southwestern Minnesota this past weekend.  Near 100 avid birders drove in from around the region for this amazing rite of spring on the prairie. There were guided tours for birders around Salt Lake, Big Stone Refuge, the lakes, wetlands and native prairies in Lac qui Parle, northern Yellow Medicine and southern Big Stone Counties. Birders had the opportunity to see over 140 different species of birds. 

Special thanks to the following CURE member David Fluegel for photos!

Calling all volunteers from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Woodland Advisor, Forest Pest First Detector and Master Gardener programs! As you know, invasive species such as buckthorn, garlic mustard and wild parsnip pose serious threats to Minnesota's natural resources, ecosystems and economy. We want YOU to join in a statewide effort to tackle the growing problem of invasive species.

Join us for a one-day workshop (qualifies as AdvanceTraining/continuing education hours!) in which you will learn the impact of invasive species in Minnesota and be trained to identify and remove/treat selected problem species and provide follow-up management and monitoring. Workshop registration fee is $50 (scholarships available), and includes extensive take-home materials and a light dinner.

Be part of the Minnesota River Public Paddle event...

CURE is once again joining the MN DNR Watertrails program "Paddle the MN River in a day"  and will lead this paddle from Skalbekken County Park to Vicksburg County Park. The trip leader for this event is Peg Furshong the CURE Events & Adventures Coordinator. This 13 mile paddle is in some of the most scenic part of the Minnesota River Valley. The paddle is for intermediate paddlers who can navigate rapids and paddle for 4 to 5 hours. Participants are encouraged to bring their own canoe or kayak. CURE does have a limited number of canoes and kayaks available by advance registration. The fee is $10 for CURE members with their own canoe or kayak and $35 per person for non-members and includes a CURE annual membership. Your fees help cover our costs for staff and shuttling. To register or get more information, please contact Peg at 1-877-269-2873 or email [email protected].

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