Riveted by the Mississippi River

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2011 - 6:50 AM

Nonprofits and government agencies are working to get locals acquainted with the Mississippi, the great river in our midst.

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nodon7Jul. 4, 11 9:56 PM

Absolutely loved spending time on the mighty Mississippi with my dad and older brother. Caught tons of fish. Great childhood memory for me at least. Nice to see this initiative to get area kids on the river. Hope it encourages good conservation practices going forward.

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djnc99Jul. 5, 11 8:35 AM

We have long ignored this precious natural resource within our midst. Getting kids and adults on the river is great. Opening up access near our downtowns is a must. The plans I have read about are a good starting point. Now, let's keep working on cleaning it up!

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laveroombaJul. 5, 11 8:48 AM

I live less than a mile from the river, and walk down there several times a week. Last May, I had the privilege of taking one of these trips in the voyageur canoes with a class of 8th graders. I will never look at the river the same way again. every twin cities resident should have a chance to do this. it was an awakening to what is around us everyday, how lucky we are, how alive the river is with wildlife, and how much our urban culture impacts the river and the flora and fauna that call it home. thanks to Wilderness Inquiry for providing trips for schools, groups and individuals with their knowledgeable staff.

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mamasueJul. 7, 11 9:43 AM

The comments seem to reflect half the story-the river. What I think is noteworthy are the kids from Courage Center that are canoeing on the river. What you can't see in the photos are the wheelchairs that are left behind for the freeing experience of paddling on the water. Yes, individuals with physical challenges CAN do sports!

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