In the Media

FMR is proud to serve as the voice for the Mississippi River and the people who care about it — at the Capitol, in our communities and in the media. Many thanks to the reporters who take the time to cover important river issues.

Pioneer Press ― May 31, 2021
by Nick Ferraro
A developer interested in creating senior housing on a river bluff in Lilydale has dropped their plan. In recounting the history of the project, the Pioneer Press cites FMR's article on its issues.
Pioneer Press ― April 11, 2021
by Nick Ferraro
Opus Development continues to pursue a plan for senior housing at this Lilydale river bluff site. This article mentions that in 2019, we advocated for better protection of the bluff and view; the developer revised their plans, doubling the setback from the bluff’s edge.
Mill City Times ― March 21, 2021
by Becky Fillinger
Mill City Times interviewed our new youth coordinator, Ashley, who enjoys "facilitating spaces for learning where everyone feels empowered to be both students and teachers, and finding ways to incorporate the arts and creativity."
The Hastings Journal ― March 9, 2021
by Bruce Karnick
FMR ecologist Alex Roth gave an update about our restoration progress at Vermillion River Linear Park, including info about the recent cedar and spruce shoreline stabilization project that will reduce erosion.
Star Tribune ― March 8, 2021
by Susan Du
Despite community and congressional opposition, the Army Corps of Engineers still plans to pursue divestment of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock. This article notes our opposition to this plan. (The Star Tribune also published our follow-up letter.)
North News ― February 25, 2021
by David Pierini
Community advocates recently secured a big victory: Minneapolis leaders committed to an environmental review of its riverfront Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment plan before voting on the project. Colleen O’Connor Toberman, river corridor program director, wants the delay to create an opportunity for the plan to "respond to Northsiders first and foremost.”
The Stillwater Gazette ― February 19, 2021
by Angie Hong
The South Washington Watershed District, with whom we partner to restore habitat and improve water quality at parks in Cottage Grove and elsewhere, received the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership’s 2021 Organization Award.
The Star Tribune ― February 15, 2021
by Shannon Prather
The Ramsey County Board approved a plan to create islands in St. Paul's Pigs Eye Lake. We're optimistic about the project and its benefits for habitat.
The Villager ― January 5, 2021
by Casey Ek
Ever since it closed to navigation in 2015, the future of the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam in downtown Minneapolis has been in question. As the Army Corps released their plan for its future, The Villager reached out to FMR about its merits and issues.
North News ― November 26, 2020
by David Pierini
This fall, three large murals have been traveling from yard to yard in North Minneapolis, hosted by residents concerned about the city's plan for redevelopment at the Upper Harbor Terminal site along the Mississippi River. A recent North News article quotes a resident, mural artist, and our river corridor director Colleen O'Connor Toberman.
Bring Me the News ― October 31, 2020
by Shaymus McLaughlin
FMR ecologist Alex Roth shares why Grey Cloud Dunes SNA's intact prairie is so special, and how volunteers can help steward the site.
Star Tribune ― October 28, 2020
by Miguel Otárola
Though the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment project secured funding from state bonding, questions about the project persist in North Minneapolis.
MinnPost ― October 11, 2020
by Solomon Gustavo
During the Army Corps of Engineers’ drawdown of the Mississippi by 12 feet at St. Anthony Falls, we answered some questions about the future of locks and dams in the Twin Cities.
Belt Magazine ― October 8, 2020
by Eamon Whalen
Whalen explores the history of disinvestment and racial disparities in Minneapolis and poses the question: Will Upper Harbor Terminal lead to real change? FMR's staff and board member share their concerns.
The Sun ― September 20, 2020
by Andy Rogers
We're thrilled that an FMR restoration site, a local woodland once choked with European buckthorn, now supports the rusty patched bumblebee, a federally endangered species.

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