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Upper Mississippi River from Pine Bend SNA

Now through spring 2018, the 25 metro-area cities and towns in our local national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, are working to identify scenic river views worth protecting. Once each city has determined its list, they must work to protect these views according to new state rules that protect the metro river corridor. Let's help our cities compile the best list possible!

Check out the views submitted so far, and then tell us about yours or help by contributing a needed photo >>

December 2017
Celebrating 25 years of protecting the river together

FMR is turning 25! Throughout our silver anniversary, we're celebrating Twin Citians' connection to the metro Mississippi. Allow us to introduce the new River Story Map and 25 Special Places map.

January 2018

Adam Flett, FMR's stewardship and education program director and Betsy Daub, conservation director.

We are proud to announce Betsy Daub as our new director of land conservation, and Adam Flett as the director of our stewardship and outreach programming! >> 

January 2018
As the Journal in New Ulm put it: “turning down free well-testing is like refusing to go to the doctor because he might tell you you’re sick. It’s not a wise policy.”

Bowing to pressure from ag groups, the Brown County Board of Commissioners in south-central Minnesota recently declined a free state program offering free private well testing for drinking water contamination. >>

January 2018
Senator Tina Smith

Congratulations, Sen. Smith! (Above: Sen. Tina Smith in center, FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark on left, board member Deanna Weiner on right.)

A little cheer rippled through the FMR office as former Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith went to Washington to be sworn in as U.S. Senator Smith.

Sen. Smith previously served as chair of the FMR Board of Directors and is currently a member of the FMR Council of Advisors. She has a deep love for our great river and rock solid understanding of the need for public policies that protect and enhance this amazing community asset.

Yet another cheer arose when Sen. Smith was named to the Senate committee overseeing the farm bill — the $1 billion annual package that shapes our national farming and land-use policies. FMR is gearing up for a strong farm bill campaign to include strong conservation measures. (Watch for updates in future Mississippi Messages.)

Again, congratulations Sen. Smith, and we look forward to our continued work together on behalf of the Mississippi River.

January 2018

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While a low-snow winter isn't as much fun for skiing or other activities, it can provide a great opportunity to find out what animals traveled though our yards and landscapes under the cover of night or even right under our noses. >>

January 2018

River Guardians speak up for the river.

We're incredibly grateful and delighted to report that our community of river advocates more than doubled in 2017!

River Guardians helped to save River Heights Park in Inver Grove Heights, rein in water quality rollbacks at the Capitol, worked for improved public access to the riverfront in North and Northeast Minneapolis and much more. Check out the 2017 best-of photos! >>

December 2017
"Our New Environment: Air, Water, Land, Legacy"

Meet the candidates who want to be your Governor and let them know you care about the water we drink, the air we breathe, the land we live on and enjoy, and the legacy we leave behind.

This event is free but capacity is limited and early registration is highly recommended. >>

December 2017

Last month's mystery view was a real stumper! No one guessed the location, but we know some of our volunteers have been there because we caught them on video planting oak trees. Watch it for inspiration (and to get the answer!)

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"Whose View? From Where?" is going on hiatus in 2018 to make room for our special 25th-anniversary features.

December 2017
grouse foot showing pectination

Grown each fall and shed in the spring, the grouse's comb-like foot fringe acts like a snowshoe to help them walk on top of snow. (Photo courtesy of Mary Holland.)

In this month's Nature Notes:  Oh, the surprising things that ruffed grouse have in common with snowshoe hares and aspen trees. >>

December 2017

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