Online Lower Minnesota River Watershed District News, September 2005
Rollin' down the river: the District's 2nd annual lower Minnesota River tour
On a perfect summer afternoon — Thursday, August 22, 2005 — the District sponsored its second annual lower Minnesota River tour aboard the party barge Betsey Northrup (powered by Ugh the Tug).
Some 130 guests and speakers — including politicians, government officials, and NGO members — boarded the barge at the Cenex Harvest States grain terminal slip in Savage, about 2:00 pm, and headed downstream toward the Mississippi.
Below deck, events got underway with a few words by District Administrator Terry Schwalbe and a blessing by Glen Wasicuna, elder of the Mdwakenton Sioux community.
A luncheon followed as the barge made its way downstream toward its home base of Harriet Island on the Mississippi in downtown St. Paul.
After lunch, speakers on the upper deck described the sights and sounds of the lower Minnesota — and invited guests to learn first hand just what the river and the river valley offer us.
The afternoon flowed on with education above board, immersion in the sun and breeze, and the irresistible feeling of being part of something we too often see as we hurry by and cast a quick glimpse at from the highway.
Speakers on our informal program included
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