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Welcome back, John!

John Briel

We're thrilled to welcome John Briel back to the FMR team. John had previously worked for FMR as our development associate before moving to Chicago to pursue new opportunities. Now he's back as our new member relations manager and has hit the ground running, serving FMR's incredible community of members and donors.  >>

May 6

Enjoy our 2020 annual report

Two people sitting on riverbluff

In our latest annual report, you'll find an inspiring story for every month of 2020. Together we accomplished remarkable things, even through the pandemic.  >>

April 29

Giving Tuesday — double your impact today!

The season of generosity is well on its way and this Tuesday, December 1 you can join millions of people across the globe for a day of giving. Please consider supporting FMR to help protect the natural wonder flowing through our community this Giving Tuesday.

A generous river benefactor will match your gift dollar-for-dollar, doubling your impact on the health of our hometown river. 

Indeed Brewing Company's Indeed We Can benefit

FMR is pleased to be chosen as a nonprofit partner of Indeed Brewing Company's Indeed We Can program. According to Indeed Brewing Company: "If brewing top-notch beer for the people around us is the core of who we are, then engagement with our community is our backbone. Giving back is as fundamental to us as brewing delicious beer, and we’re always seeking new ways to engage."

FMR's first-ever virtual gala a hit!

FMR staff at four locations on the river

FMR staff and board members shared reasons why we do the work we do at this year's fall gala, Our Storied River. You can watch all the river stories, including the ones we told, below. (Photos by Tom Reiter)

At Our Storied River, we raised close to $170,000 for the river. Thank you! If you missed the livestream or you just want to see it again, check out this collection of our featured river stories, a tour from FMR staff of a few of our favorite places, and glimpses of the artwork created for the event.  >>

October 7

A sneak preview of the lineup for Our Storied River, Oct. 1

Miss Shannan, Twin band, Danny Givens and Jim Bear Jacobs

Miss Shannan — local host of The Moth — will be our host for an evening of river stories from FMR and our community. Join us October 1!

Want a sneak preview of the stories you'll hear at our virtual fall gala on October 1? We'll hear from a musician who toured the Mississippi by canoe to discover not only his muddy roots, but his true love; a family who found a sense of place in the river, and a place to grieve the impossible; and two storytellers who know the layers of history at Bdote, the sacred confluence of rivers.  >>

September 17

Miss Shannan to bring her wit and whimsy to FMR's fall storytelling gala

Miss Shannan Paul

We're thrilled to partner with Miss Shannan Paul to emcee An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River: Our Storied River on October 1. Her infectious personality and knack for comedic social commentary are sure to keep you — our virtual guests — entertained. You won't want to miss it!  >>

August 17

Local storytelling legend Loren Niemi on the power of stories and how the river changed him

Loren Niemi

Selected storytellers for our Moth-esque fall gala will have the opportunity to workshop with Loren Niemi — a National Storytelling Network Lifetime Achievement Award winner — to hone their stories and presentation. They'll also receive an honorarium. Interested? Submit your story by July 24.

We're thrilled to engage noted local storyteller Loren Niemi in planning and curating Our Storied River: An Evening Celebrating the Mississippi River this fall. In a recent interview, we learned more about his life as a storyteller, how the river has changed him, and how he plans to work with our story-sharers. (Will you be one of them?)  >>

June 4

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