An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Storied River

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 7:00pm
An Evening Celebrating the River

Thank you to everyone who made Friends of the Mississippi River's virtual event, Our Storied River, such a huge success! 

If you weren't able to catch the live broadcast, you can view the program here

There's still time to contribute

If you haven't donated yet, you can still help us meet this year's stretch goal of $175,000, which would grant us the resources we need to continue working to ensure the long-term health and vitality of our communities and our great river. You can make an online gift here. 

Our Storied River

This year’s event celebrated stories that flow from our experiences with the river. Our program featured storytellers whose lives have been changed by our Mississippi. The curated selection of stories dazzled and stilled, echoing diverse voices and varied experiences. 

The night’s virtual festivities were helmed by Shannan Paul, speaker, comedian and local host of The Moth. Our storytellers were coached by Loren Niemi, a National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award winner. The event also featured updates on FMR’s work during this unprecedented time, an online auction of local and river-related items and experiences and other interactive opportunities to support FMR's mission.

 Shannan Paul, Twin band, Jim Bear Jacobs and Danny Givens
View the program to listen to stories from people whose lives have been changed by the river. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Individual Sponsors
Oak Savanna
Steve & Susan Boren King • Stewart & Lesley Crosby • Chad & Maggie Dayton • Judson Dayton & Shelley Mydra-Dayton • Peter & Mary Gove • Art Kaemmer, M.D. Julia Olmstead & Paul Helgeson • Thomas Reiter & Sharon Miyamoto • Paul & Mary Reyelts • Karen Sternal & Lowell Pickett • Susan Vento

Bald Eagle
Frederick & Catherine Asher • Sharon & Terry Avent • Susan & Joel Barker • Ronnie & Roger Brooks • Whitney and Sarah Clark • Page & Jay Cowles • Ellie Crosby • Sara & Sean DeKok • Nancy Gibson & Ron Sternal • Dan Gjelten & Lisa Burke • Peter Goss & Karma Walker • Bud & Carol Hayden • Diane & John Herman • Hokan & Penny Miller • Ford & Catherine Nicholson • Susan Davis Price • Paul Ricker & Liz Robinson • John & Marsha Soucheray • Philip Willkie • Kate Wolford and Ed Reilly • Della & Will Young

Blue Heron
Mary Adamski & Lance Ihinger • John Anfinson • Peter Bachman & Janet Rice • Steve Christenson & Lisa Hondros • Judy & Ozzie Enroth • Tessa Enroth & Michael Jones • Perry McGowan & Sheila Smith • Diane & Darryl Sannes • Kathleen Stack • Bob & Sandy Tilsen • Cathy Tobias • Deanna Wiener & Jim Tilsen

River Otter
Ellen Butler • Leslie Cohan & Todd Norsten • George Dunn & Donna Harris • Daniel Engstrom & Barbara Coffin • Sheila & Tim Gothmann • Ron Kroese & Kimberly Colburn • Phil Riveness • Harry & Ginny Sieben • Michael & Gretchen Sieben

Corporate Sponsors 

Xcel Energy Logo


Creative Fundraising Advisors

Delta Dental of Minnesota Logo

Native Resource Preservation

Bremer Bank • Kraus-Anderson Insurance