Saving rivers through adoption

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People volunteer in the Adobt-A-River program to clear Minnesota rivers.

Adopt-A-River director Paul Nordell

Great feelings of accomplishment.

Right footed shoes are the most common item found along rivers.

As Paul Nordell examined the mud-encrusted pop can he had just pried loose from amid the trash scattered along the riverbank in downtown Minneapolis, he heard and felt a slight rustling in the can. Cutting it open he was suddenly eyeball to eyeball with a Mississippi River crayfish! He quickly freed the canned crustacean that had crawled into the small can opening, found it most suitable and then had grown too large to get back out.

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44° 56' 33.5868" N, 93° 5' 55.7664" W
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John Latsch's Vision

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   The June sky turned an angry thunderstorm blue bringing rain down on John A. Latsch, canoeing near Camp Glory, now Bass Camp, on the Mississippi River above his hometown of Winona.

     Latsch, a wealthy, 47-year-old grocer, loved to fish, hunt and explore the byzantine backwaters of the Mississippi River in his little boat. Back in 1907, the Mississippi River bottomland was privately owned yet used by the public. Usually, landowners allowed boaters brief refuge along the shore.

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MN
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44° 10' 10.0596" N, 91° 50' 38.7384" W
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Overnighting the Superior Hiking Trail

Long time Eagle Scout and scoutmaster Todd McMahon (a.k.a. T-man) has hiked five hundred miles over the last three years. In the process, he’s trekked the Superior Hiking Trail from north to south, seeing eighty of its 93 backpack sites. With an eye out for the “coolest” sites, he offers veteran advice for an overnighter on the trail.

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MN
United States
47° 1' 29.0568" N, 91° 40' 12.954" W
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Shingobee Trail complete

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      Eight years of planning, fund raising and construction came to an end this week as the ribbon was cut officially opening the 24-mile Shingobee Connection Trail connecting Walker with the Paul Bunyan Trail from the south.

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MN
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47° 6' 49.212" N, 94° 35' 10.8744" W
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Camphosting at Birch Lake Forest

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Birch Lake State Forest north of Melrose is an emerald island in the midst of a bountiful sea of farmland.

            That is the way James Kubow, a summer campground host at the forest, describes his home from May to September.

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47° 34' 20.0676" N, 94° 34' 33.5172" W
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