The public is invited to be present for a visit by U.S. Department of Interior Senior Advisor Rebecca Wodder to the K.K. Berge building in Granite Falls next Thursday, November 15.
“This visit is actually quite a big deal,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Nicole Zempel. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for the community of Granite Falls and surrounding area to receive state, and even national, recognition.”
Wodder is set to travel to the Minnesota River Valley from Washington D.C. in order to tour select sites in support of a nomination of the Minnesota River to the National Blueways System. Established in March of this year, the National Blueways System is a federal initiative to recognize community-driven partnerships in watersheds and river systems that are working toward conservation and other important environmental and economic outcomes.
The visit to Granite Falls will be relatively quick. Wodder is scheduled to be at the K.K. Berge building from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Building tours and refreshments will be available until 3:00 p.m.
While at the Berge building Wodder will be given a key to the river in the form of a decorative, hand-crafted canoe paddle. Representatives from CURE, the Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, and the Chamber will also be on hand to discuss the variety of activities surrounding the river, for instance the new disc golf course along Minnesota Ave. and plans to restore the historic Roebling footbridge.
“I was told that a large part of the decision to bring Wodder to the community had to do with the excitement and efforts of the community involving the Minnesota River,” said Zempel. “The community has really turned their attention to the Minnesota River, and more and more are coming to realize that living near water is a huge asset and catalyst for various forms of community development and tourism.”