Headwaters Region Guide Highlights Life Where the Mississippi River Begins

Guest blog submitted by Dean Klinkenberg The first time I visited Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi spills gently out of Lake Itasca, the park was covered in a foot-and-a-half of snow and most of the lake was frozen. It was late January, and I wanted to get an idea of what the place was like in winter. I wasn’t disappointed. The sky was overcast but air temperatures had still managed to warm into the teens during the day. As I strapped...

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West Tennessee…..Past, Present, and Future!!

Guest Blog submitted by Judi Blalock of the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee Exciting adventures abound for the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee (MRCT), one of the 52 members of the Mississippi River Network working towards a healthy River!  We are firing on all cylinders! The organization has recently relocated to a new office in the historic Midtown Memphis area of Shelby County.  With that said, I would like to share this...

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River Management and Flooding Woes

Guest Blog by Christine Favilla, Sierra Club Originally posted in the Nicollet Island Coalition Blog Recent floods highlight the need for big changes in the management of the Mississippi River, changes leading to a more sustainable system with long-term objectives. Currently, those that make the final decisions of how the river is managed have been more likely to support short-term economic development for a small portion of the population over...

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Walk Together, Mississippi Delta

“Walk Together, Mississippi Delta” is the second installment of Dr. Rolando Herts’ series, “The Mighty River.” To read the first installment, click here. Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area I ask, for the sake of our beloved Mississippi Delta region: who is willing to walk together, hand in hand to the...

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Unlikely Dance Partners

Guest Blog By Tim Spitzack An excerpt from the book “Reflections from the Riverfront: Essays on Life in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area,” published May 1, 2015. It’s a Saturday morning in mid-June and I am quietly floating in my kayak in a Minnesota bayou. The river is running high and fast this year so I’ve chosen to paddle in the backwaters of the Mississippi in an area that is normally inaccessible, even in a kayak...

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The Mighty River and the Mighty Delta

 Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area The Mighty River runs through us all. It binds us, north, south, big and small. The River has made us who we are; Without it, the Delta would not be. The River brought us here to heal this land, Hand in hand, you and me. Let us go to the River. Walk together to the River. Let us go to the...

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Maps: You Are Here – Now Get Lost! – Series Episode 5

Note: This is the fifth installment of my six-part blog series “River Gator: Exploring the River, Expanding Ourselves,” a recollection of my adventure on the Lower Mississippi River. Ever since I was a girl, I have loved maps, especially when I saw the all-powerful “You are here” arrow or dot. There is something so nice about being put on the map – I AM THERE. Driving across the country with my family as a child, we used a good...

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