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A riverfront lunch with FMR's executive director

Up for auction: A riverfront lunch with FMR Executive Director Whitney Clark (second from right)

Our river-themed auction is an annual highlight of An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River. Take a look at this year's offerings and get your bidding cards ready.

This year’s auction items include a River-friendly Home & Garden Package, a Minneapolis Fun Package, a condo-stay in scenic Vail, Colorado, and the perennial favorite: a Mississippi River towboat ride.

(If you haven't already, be sure to RSVP for our biggest party of the year, Tuesday, October 4, 2016!

August 2015

We are pleased to announce that Katie Sieben has joined the FMR Board of Directors. Katie grew up just steps from the Mississippi River in Newport and until recently served as a leading environmental legislator in both the Minnesota House and Senate. 

September 2016

This month's view offers a lovely combination of newly restored wildlife habitat and a great view of the urban skyline. Do you know the name of this place?

September 2016
A field assistant prepares to collect a nightcrawler for analysis as part of an earthworm sampling project in Minnesota forests.

A field assistant prepares to collect a nightcrawler for analysis as part of an earthworm sampling project in Minnesota forests. Photo: Alex Roth

When people think about phenology, the study of natural phenomena and cycles, they usually look up. We tend to focus on events like bud break, bird migration, leaf fall, etc. But what about the changes going on beneath our feet? Looking down once in a while may help you familiarize yourself with the buzz of activity underfoot, including the effects of one particularly damaging invasive species: earthworms.

September 2016

New land-use and development rules will better protect the Twin Cities stretch of the Mississippi River, our local national park.  

During the final phase of developing updated rules for the Mississippi River Critical Area, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recommended a number of positive changes in response to comments from FMR staff and advocates.

September 2016

St. Paul Park refinery employees and community volunteers installed over 300 native plants at Prairie Park with FMR this summer. The planting was designed to especially benefit pollinators and serve as a demonstration prairie for homeowners interested in providing backyard habitat. Left to right: Eric Folsom, Todd Bjorgo, Dean Stockwell, Ben Joppa (FMR intern), Corb Hopkins, Kathy Schik. (Not pictured: Tom Bell.)

Two phrases not often used together are “prairie planting” and “oil refinery,” but many years ago employees at the St. Paul Park Refinery noticed a small patch of native prairie on company property and they've been taking care of it ever since. Recently, they worked with FMR to expand the natural area and also install a demonstration garden, hoping to inspire even more native plantings for pollinators.

September 2016

Looking for a fun and easy to coordinate outing for a group of 20 or fewer? FMR now has ready-to-go kits to help you and yours stencil storm drains and reduce river pollution in St. Paul.

August 2016

This photo and its special meaning for FMR were correctly identified last month. Have you figured it out yet?

August 2016