Still is Still Movin’ to Me – Series Episode 4

Note: This is the fourth installment of my six-part blog series “River Gator: Exploring the River, Expanding Ourselves,” a recollection of my adventure on the Lower Mississippi River. Out on the River, as you paddle, it’s nice to catch a rhythm with your boat mates. As you pull the water past you in sync, you feel how the sum is greater than the parts. The boat glides with a seemingly effortless ease when the movements of the participants...

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Learning through Adventure!

Guest Blog by Jordan Hanssen, author, adventurer, speaker & President of OAR Northwest Little did my parents know what developing an appreciation for classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would inspire in me.  Maybe it’s not an exact correlation between reading about Tom and Huck’s adventures in grade school and fifteen years later deciding to take a 29-foot rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean in a race...

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A new Farm Bill is a victory for the Mississippi River

A guest blog from the Mississippi River Network’s Policy Manager Claudia Emken: The Farm Bill is now a reality! It has been a long process, filled with obstacles of all kinds, but at long last the Nation’s agriculture policy is in place for the next five years. A friend of mine frequently reminds me that “Politics is not for the short-winded.” Certainly has been the case here! Farm bills are typically set up as a five year...

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We Need a Megaphone of Our Own

As the American Queen approached a lock, a crowd gathered on deck to watch the proceedings. I walked around and listened to what folks were saying, and I heard a lot of admiration and wonder at the engineering. This happened at nearly every lock the boat passed through between St. Louis and St. Paul. I understand their reaction. I’m fascinated, too, by the work it took to build those structures. Not once, though, did anyone ask what it cost to...

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How To: Stand Up for the River at Public Forums

  The Mississippi River Commission is holding its annual low water inspection tour and public hearings with stops coming up in New Madrid, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Morgan City. These follow the meetings the Commission held in LaCrosse, Dubuque and Alton this week. I had the pleasure of representing Mississippi River Network (MRN) at the Dubuque hearing and provided public comment and a request for the Commissioners to sign on as River...

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Roadtripping With a Raindrop

Although I had bumped into 1Mississippi a few times, I had not really looked at the website until recently. When I did, it was immediately clear that I had found a community of “my people” – folks who, like me, seem to have Mississippi mud in our veins. I signed up to be a “River Citizen” without a second’s deliberation and posted my testimonial to the great River’s place in my heart. A few days later, I “met” by phone and...

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Field Notes: Markevius ‘Dinky’ Jones

The following was written by Markevius ‘Dinky’ Jones, 18, River guide with campaign member, Quapaw Canoe Company. It was written for “Our Mississippi“. “I grew up on the river, but I never fished or swam or canoed in it until I met John Ruskey, who founded Quapaw Canoe. My cousin worked there and started telling me about it, and John took me in. I was like a newborn baby when I got started and learned as I went on:...

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