Friends of the Sauk River


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News from 2006

Community Visioning Session

In April 2006, the Friends of the Sauk River held its first community visioning session. Twenty-five members of the community came to share their thoughts on how the group could better serve the Sauk River. A lively group of special speakers, including John Peck, Julie Klocker and Kurt Franke, brought light to the issues facing the Sauk River.

The Sauk River is Designate a State Canoe Route

With persistent lobbying by the Friends of the Sauk River members, Kurt Franke and Gene Waldorf, Governor Pawlenty signed into law MN Statute 85.32, which designated the Sauk River as one of Minnesota's State Canoe Routes. This was a huge victory for the Friends of the Sauk River and it will ensure that the river will become more enjoyable for those seeking recreational fun.

First Membership Meeting

In September 2006, the Friends of the Sauk River held its first annual membership meeting. The meeting was held at John and Linda Peck's residence in Rockville. Approximately 20 members attended. A new Board of Directors was established, as well as officers of the Board. During the meeting the Peck's also presented information regarding their recent land donation to Stearns County and the establishment of a 356 acre park complex along the Sauk River.