The We Are Water Exhibit Comes to Northfield | June 2019 E-Newsletter

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    We believe that everyone should be able to swim and
fish in clean local rivers and lakes and drink clean
water from our wells
June 2019                                                                        

The We Are Water 

Exhibit Comes to


WAW exhibit image 2Grand Opening, Saturday,
June 29th,

Northfield Arts Guild and
Weitz Center for Creativity,
Carleton College,

It has been years in the making, but in June, the We Are Water Exhibit arrives in Northfield! The exhibit will be at the Weitz Center for Creativity on the Carleton College Campus (320 3rd St E, Northfield).

At the Grand Opening on Saturday, June 29th, there will be an Artist Reception from 10:00-11:00 am at the Northfield Arts Guild, immediately followed by an art walk to the Weitz Center.

Inside the Weitz Center from 10:00 am-2:00 pm there will be a reception, guided tours of the exhibit, food, art activities, a Water Bar (a chance to taste different drinking waters and taste how different municipalities’ processes affect flavor) and speakers.

We Are Water

Exhibit Hours


June 20-July 28
Tuesday-Friday noon-6:00 pm; Saturday 11 am-3:30 pm

A traveling interactive, family-friendly exhibit that celebrates about how important clean water is in Minnesota for fishing, swimming, drinking, canoeing and boating. Learn about the health or area rivers and lakes and what we can do to help clean up and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.

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Cannon River

Nibi Walk

Nibi Walk is an Indigenous-led, extended ceremony to pray for the water. It will take place on the Cannon River July 12-15.  Leader Sharon Day will walk from the near the headwaters of the Cannon River in Waterville to the mouth of the river in Red Wing along with others who’d like to join her. Participants can attend part of the walk, or the whole walk.

To participate in the Nibi Walk, you must attend the Orientation Training 1:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, June 30 at the Weitz Center for Creativity room WCC 236 (320–3rd St., Northfield). At the training, Sharon Day will share details about the ceremony and explain how people can take part in this ceremony. To learn more about Nibi Walks in general, visit

To learn more and register for the July 12-15 Cannon River Nibi Walkclick here.

Would You Like to Protect Your Land

for Future Generations?

IMG-20180708-WA0080 2Are wildlife habitat, clean rivers and lakes and healthy natural areas important issues for you as a landowner?
Did you know? Money is available to protect lands within the Cannon River Watershed.

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership is working with the Trust for Public Land and Great River Greening to protect, restore, and enhance high priority wildlife habitat within the Cannon River Watershed. The Trust for Public Land has acquisition funding available for the permanent protection of vulnerable lands within the watershed. Additionally, Great River Greening is working to restore and enhance existing protected public lands. Funding for this project was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund to restore, protect, and enhance Minnesota’s wetlands, prairies, forests, and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.

Contact Alan Kraus, Conservation Program Manager at or at 507-786-3913 for more information about this opportunity for you to protect, restore, and enhance habitats in the Cannon River Watershed.

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Engeseth-Rinde Farm Dedicated to DNR Wildlife Management Area Program

Dedication Event Photo_IMG_2257 (1)Family and friends of Don Nelson gathered at Valley Grove Church in Nerstrand on Saturday June 1st to formally dedicate the new Engeseth-Rinde Farm into Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Area program. The Engeseth-Rinde site was added in 2015 as part of the Prairie Creek WMA and is being restored from agricultural uses to feature oak savannah, prairie, and wetlands.  Don Nelson, the former owner of the site, donated the land to be used for conservation, education, and research.
“Don Nelson is a shining example of how people’s passions can become their legacies,” said Northfield Shares Executive Director Mike Krance. “By establishing the Engeseth-Rinde Restoration Fund at Northfield Shares, Don not only ensures the preservation of his ancestors’ land, but this endowment fund’s very existance extends far beyond its environmental aspects by enabling Northfield Shares to do the work it does every day to improve the Northfield area.”
You can learn lots more about the Engeseth-Rinde Unit and the Prairie Creek WMA at the Friends of Prairie Creek Website.  Here is the link Prairie Creek WMA Website.

CRWP Updates

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At the CRWP Annual Meeting on May 16th at the Trailside Building at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, members were enthralled by a presentation on Conservation Farming Practices by Tim Little. They bid a fond farewell to retiring board member Amber Brossard and welcomed new board member Kathleen Doran-Norton to the board.

The board also discussed the ongoing strategic planning work going on right now. Want to help with the CRWP Strategic Planning Process? Then fill out this Google Form Survey (click here). It will take only five minutes.
Attendees also received the 2018 CRWP Impact Report. This report outlines how CRWP has made clean water happen in 2018 and summarizes our impacts over the past 10 years. You can download your own version here, or by visiting

Cannon River Art & Water Festival
DSC_2279 2The 1st Annual Cannon River Art & Water Festival on May 11th was a big success with an estimated 300 participants throughout the day taking part in educational and recreationl water-themed events at Riverside Park in Northfield.  A big thanks to all the participants, our sponsors, and the partner organizations that make this event happen.


Sarah Guilford joins

CRWP Staff

If you stop by the CRWP office this summer, you’re likely to see a new face. Sarah Guilford has joined the staff as our Summer Communication Intern from St. Olaf College.

1. What drew you to apply for an internship at the Cannon River Watershed Partnership?
I involve myself in a lot of awareness and advocacy groups on campus and I’ve made it a goal of mine to marry my career interests with social impact. I want to see my work with visual media go towards somthing worthwhile and be able to observe the impact of it. 

2. What is your personal “super power”? 
I’m a cat whisperer. If there was anyone who could herd cats, it would be me. 
3. What do you hope to accomplish at CRWP?
I’m hoping to further strenghten the connection between how CRWP is perceived and their mission. I really want anyone to be able to look at our online presence and feel instantly compelled by CRWP’s work. That would be a true fulfillment of my goal as a socially engaged creator.
4. Tell us a little about yourself: your major, hometown, favorite recreational activity…
I’m majoring in Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Media Studies. I’m from Bloomington, Indiana and my favorite recreational activity is probably cycling or playing guitar. 

Year of the Water Logo

Upcoming Northfield
Year of Water Events

(All events are open to the public, visit websites to learn about registration or ticket purchases)

Fluid: Water Inspired Work from the Carleton Art Collection
June 20 – July 28, 2019
Perlman Teaching Museum, Kaemmer Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

We Are Water: Watershed Art Exhibit
June 14-July 27
The Guild, Northfield
Water-themed visual art show by local and regional artists.

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We Are Water Museum Exhibit
June 20-July 28
Tuesday Friday: noon to 6pm
Saturday: 11am to 3pm

Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College

Interactive, family-friendly exhibit that celebrates about how important clean water is in Minnesota for fishing, swimming, drinking, canoeing and boating. Learn about the health or area rivers and lakes and what we can do to help clean up and protect our rivers, lakes, and drinking water.

Cannon River Historic Photo Exhibit
June 27-July 9
Northfield Historical Society

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Grand Opening for We Are Water Exhibit
June 29, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Perlman Teaching Museum, Braucher Gallery
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College/
Northfield Arts Guild

Music, art walk from The Guild  to the Weitz Center, presentation by MN State Agency staff, local officials, Water Bar, family-friendly water activities.

Nibi Walk Orientation Training
June 30, 
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Learn how to participate in the Nibi Walk program of the Indigenous People’s Task Force, led by Sharon Day. She will lead us in a Nibi walk: an Indigenous-led, extended ceremony to pray for the water July 12-15.

To learn more and register, click here.

Outdoor Movies, Reception for
Mary Ellen Frame’s
Seeing Our Cannon River Photography Exhibit

July 12, 7:30-10:30 pm
Northfield Arts Guild

Northfield Rain Garden Tour
July 13-14
“We are Water” is the theme of the Northfield Garden Club annual garden tour July 13 – 14  from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The proceeds go toward beautifying downtown Northfield.  Tickets are $10 and available at Eco Garden, Knecht’s Nursery, or at one of the gardens on the weekend of the tour.  Go to for more details.

Teddy Roosevelt Presentation
August  7, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Central Park Encampment, 7:00 pm
Meet Outdoorsman, Conservationist, and 26thPresident Teddy Roosevelt. Hear why Roosevelt worked so hard to protect our land and waters.
Hosted by the Northfield Historical Society

Bee LawnBee-friendly Yard Becomes Neighborhood Sanctuary

A master gardener and longtime homeowner on the shores of Andover’s Crooked Lake, Cheryl Seeman has gradually transformed her lawn into a wildlife and pollinator sanctuary.
To read more, click here. 


Beautification Day at Two Rivers Park in Faribault

On May 4th, over a dozen Faribault community members gathered at Alexander Park to take part in the Arbor Day tree planting and the Litter Pickup at Two Rivers Park in Faribault. Thanks to our volunteers, we made clean water happen in Faribault!

For more information, go to 
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