Minn. River Clean-up to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Saturday

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As fall sets in, Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) gears up to host its annual Minnesota River Cleanup and is seeking volunteers to help.  This action opportunity will take place on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Participants will meet at the Lions Shelter in Memorial Park (the picnic area south of highway 67) at 9:00 a.m. to break up into teams and then disperse along the river from Kinney’s Landing to Granite Falls.
Last year CURE pulled bags of garbage out of the river as well as tires and scrap metal.  As residents of the river valley, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the river clean and this is just one effort to do so. CURE member Jill Haluska of Granite Falls has led this year’s cleanup effort after she contacted CURE and asked if they could focus on this portion of the Minnesota River.  Haluska once lived near Kinney’s Landing and believes there is much work to be done.
“There are jobs for people of all abilities and ages,” notes Peg Furshong, CURE Events & Adventures coordinator, “we will need volunteers on land, in the water and at the Lions Shelter in Memorial Park to host volunteers and to prepare lunch for the participants and cleanup afterwards.”
This is a great activity for families, businesses, churches, youth groups and anyone interested in meeting new people.  The City of Granite Falls is partnering with CURE to make this event possible by assisting in the debris removal from the river.
Volunteers are encouraged to call the CURE office and sign up so that we have enough supplies and food for lunch. Participants should wear appropriate clothing, long pants if you are walking the banks, shoes or boots that can get wet, gloves, bug spray and a water bottle.  CURE will supply garbage bags and will have a few gloves and vests available for those who need them. Participants who have their own canoes, ATV’s and trailers are encouraged to call the office. Please call the CURE office to sign up at 1-877-269-2873.