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Mississippi River and tributaries

Fall 2011

People around the world can identify the Mississippi River on a map. Many of us drive past or over it every day. School children can actually spell it. So, if the Mighty Mississippi starts right here in Minnesota, why doesn't it float on our minds more often?

This issue examines the past, present and future of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

This special statewide issue was proudly published by members of the River Partnership, a national collaboration of community foundations connected by America's waterways and their philanthropic missions.  Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the Funders' Network via the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Liquid Legacy

Harold Stewart remembers childhood summers at his grandparents' cottage - long, sun-soaked days marked by the adventures only a lakeshore can offer a young boy...

Destination Unknown

If you want to get an idea of what most ails the Mississippi River and its tributaries, you need go no further than the birthplace of Minnesota.

From There to Here

The Mississippi River twists through Minnesota history, economics and inspiration.

The Vivid Season

The crowds and bugs have vanished, the air is crisp and the trees are showing off their fall colors...

Wheel Estate

What do we see when we look at our rivers?...



Parting the waters of conventional widsom.

Immersion School

Educators and environmental groups introduce kids to the wonderful world of waterways.

Sidewalk Slurry

When rain falls in the city, dangers flow into rivers. How can we curb them?

CSI (Carp Scene Investigation)

Five things to know about hunting aquatic invasive species.

Land of the Headwaters

A guest editorial by Don Hickman.