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Area C community meeting draws crowds and questions

At a recent community meeting, 150 residents gathered to hear about the history and future of Area C, the Ford Motor Company's hazardous waste pile sitting on the floodplain in St. Paul. Out of the many questions raised, one in particular didn't have a clear answer: Will anyone make Ford clean up its mess on the Mississippi River? >>

February 21

Happy trails, Daurius!

Daurius Mikroberts gives a thumbs up

Daurius, all smiles here at the Earth Day cleanup in 2019, helped thousands of youth and volunteers protect and restore our river over his three years as FMR Program Assistant.

In three years, Program Assistant Daurius Mikroberts worked with more than 3,000 youth to help protect our river. As Daurius ends his role at FMR, we know the impact of his efforts will go on. >>

February 11

What matters to our River Guardians in 2020

Thank you for taking our Legislative Priorities Survey! See which issues our River Guardians value and what they had to say about what Minnesota can do for our river this session. >>

February 10

FMR welcomes Nou Yang to its board of directors

Nou Yang

Nou Yang of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation brings to our board of directors a wealth of experience building and sustaining youth programs.

Meet Nou Yang of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. We're excited that her wealth of experience building and sustaining youth programs can help shape ours. She loves Minnehaha Falls, often runs by the river, and wants to protect it for future generations.  >>

February 8

Upper Harbor Terminal project draws media attention

Recent news articles in MinnPost and the Star Tribune highlight several concerns being raised about the city of Minneapolis' Upper Harbor Terminal project, including state funding controversy, a rushed planning process, and violations of open meeting law. FMR board member Paul Bauknight and staff member Colleen O'Connor Toberman are interviewed. >>

Ford Area C (video)

In this video, we take you to Ford Area C, Ford's toxic riverfront dumpsite in St. Paul. You’ll see the Mississippi lapping at the dumpsite’s edge. What pollution remains there? How much is leaching into our river? We still don’t know enough. >>

January 30

A brief history of the Ford Area C dumpsite

While many articles (and even a movie) look back at the life of Twin Cities Ford Assembly Plant, not many focus on Area C. In fact, most stories about the Ford plant don't even mention it. So we've put together a basic timeline about this floodplain dumpsite to lend some historical context.  >>

January 28

FMR bids farewell to longtime staffer Irene Jones

Irene Jones

This month we bid a fond farewell to Irene Jones, whose intelligence, passion and wit helped shape FMR and the river for the past two decades. (Photo by Alicia Uzarek)

Irene Jones, who has served in several roles over her 21-year tenure at FMR, leaves an impressive legacy for our organization and for the river.  >>

January 16

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