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Meeting on Pomme de Terre River Monday at Common Cup

The Minnesota Waters organization will be host of a meeting for local citizens to discuss the Pomme de Terre River on Monday, Feb. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at the Common Cup Coffeehouse in Morris.

The meeting will explore both common and diverse values of the local communities that interact with the river on a daily basis. The discussion will include ways that people who value the river can organize and work together to advance common interests.

"The Pomme de Terre flows through many communities in Western Minnesota - from Dalton to Barrett, Morris to Appleton," said Leah Peterson, Watershed Organizer for Minnesota Waters. "This is an opportunity for folks all along the river to come together and discuss what connects them all - the Pomme de Terre."

Peterson expects the meeting to be a catalyst for river enthusiasts, anglers, hunters, land owners, farmers, elected officials, and communities of the Pomme de Terre watershed to organize into a diverse group of interests with a common focus.

"The croplands, wildlife, prairies and people of western Minnesota create a community, and it is important that the Pomme de Terre be included as a member of this community," Peterson said.

The Minnesota Waters organization resulted from a recent merger of the Minnesota Lakes Association and the Rivers Council of Minnesota. Minnesota Waters represents, collectively, more than 80,000 citizens in Minnesota, primarily shoreland property owners, who care about and have a vested interest in the protection of the quality of Minnesota's 11,800 lakes and 93,000 miles of rivers, Peterson said.

Support for the Pomme de Terre exploratory meeting is also being provided by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) of Montevideo, and the Center for Small Towns at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

For more information, contact Peterson at (320) 223-1727, or via email at