This is discussion about Minnesota River/ Lake Pepin Friendship Tours.
We want it to be known that CURE's 2010 summer intern, U of M Morris Student Lyndsey Weber of Granite Falls, had a lot to do with the Friendship Tour and its creation. She had the background, education, creativity and connections to contact the people and get them to listen to the concept and she set up the interviews that led to the Upstream/Downstream meetings where people really got a chance to listen to each other and what was being said. Congrats, Lyndsey, for playing such a large part in this project.
Thank you CURE for the important work that you do. The way you bring individuals from all walks of life together around a common purpose not only gets things done, it inspires hope and empowers people to become involved and help create positive change.:)
It's a beautiful thing to know that everything I do to clean up the creek that flows through my orchard in Ghent, MN, has a positive impact on the life of my close friend Bob Doyscher who lives in Pepin,
WI. Thanks for the wonderful work, CURE.
Jerry -- thanks for testifying. I want to tour that orchard some day!
In 1854 my great-great grandparents were some of the first settlers in the Wabasha area. They came up the Missippi from Iowa to homestead. The river was important to them and it should be just as important to us. On the other side of my family tree are my great grandparents who settled on the bluff above the Minnesota River between Montevideo and Granite Falls. If these people could see all the changes to their rivers, they would be appalled that we have treated this beautiful legacy so shabbily. If you haven't voted, do so. This isn't a game. We're fighting for the life of our rivers.
Since the French early settlements in 1650 - 1673, followed by the British takeover in 1763, whom ultimately surrendered the territory to the US 5th Infantry in 1819, Lake Pepin has always been the "Jewell" of SE Minnesota. With a vast history in fur trading, logging, milling, clamming, tourism, and fishing; Lake Pepin has been the center of economic activity for Lake City and surrounding communities for centuries. The river is close to losing this economic clout with the poor land use management from communities upstream of Lake Pepin. The time is now for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT),Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), agriculture interests, Farm Bureaus, etc to ALL set aside their petty differences and work together in collaboration to develop a strategy to ensure the beauty, tranquility, and economic vitality of Lake Pepin to survive another 360 years as it has in the previous 360 years.
I was raised in rural Minnesota, and can only regret that ideas like this were not applied where I grew up in the 1970s. Now there's a real opportunity to get it done right, it seems. It takes a lot of skill to get people with such differing histories and worldviews to talk and work together. Patrck Moore's concept is smart, ambitious and, most importantly, it's driven by a shared reality that all of parties find unacceptable--this fills a huge void in the old state of polarization and seems to hurdle past obstacles. A great leap forward.
Hey Patrick - Good work, great video. Your passion continues to inspire and the river valley remains a deep part of my soul.
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