Friends of the Sauk River


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News from 2009

Canoe and Kayaking Event


The Friends of the Sauk River are actively planning a canoe and kayaking event for next year. Preliminary plans are to have a long and short route between Rockville and St. Cloud. Thoughts for logistics, food and entertainment are being solicited.


Annual Membership Meeting


On September 12, 2009, the Friends of the Sauk River held its forth annual membership meeting. The meeting was held at the City Center Administration Building in Melrose, MN. Approximately 10 members attended. During the meeting several presentations were made. Bob Bjork gave a eulogy of Haven Wiegers, one of the founders of the Friends of the Sauk River. Mike Hayman presented a report on the Upper Sauk River study and Tara Borgerding presented her work on shoreline restoration on Lake Osakis. Mike Hayman updated the membership on projects involving our Healthy Lakes and Rivers grant. Mitch Bender reported on the success of the spring river cleanup. Dawn Hawkins lead a discussion on planning a canoe/kayak event on the Sauk River. Bob Bjork presented a review of the spring brainstorming session. After the presentations, a new board of directors was held, as well as officer elections. A new officer position, membership coordinator was created. At the conclusion of the meeting, there was a drawing for door prizes and a cookout at Sauk River Park.


Sauk River Earth Day Cleanup

The second annual Sauk River Cleanup took place on May 2nd. This year's event was even larger than the previous year. Over 80 volunteers pitched in to clean a 3 mile stretch of the Sauk River. Several St. Cloud State University students organized the event on behalf of the Friends of the Sauk River. They were Blake Besser, Sarah Erickson, Ryan Pantzke, and Jamison Reginek. Mike Hayman, Friends of the Sauk River and SCSU student also played a large role in planning the event. Special gratitude and acknowledgement also goes out to the cleanup sponsors: the SCSU Volunteer Connection, the Sauk River Watershed District, City of St. Cloud, City of Waite Park, Minnesota DNR - Adopt a River, Frontier Liquor, Rumors Bar and Grill, C&L Distributing Inc., Performance Polishing Custom Metal Finishing, Coborn's, Gary Dotseth - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Monster Drinks. And of course, THANKS to all the great volunteers.

Branding of the Friends of the Sauk River


One of the ideas from our March 28th visioning session was to begin branding our group so that it will be more widely recognized by the community. We will be starting a I 'heart' the Sauk campaign, and we will also be promoting sightings of the Sauk Ness Monster.

Visioning Session

On March 28, 2009, the Friends of the Sauk River held a visioning session to come up with a few creative new ideas for Friends of the Sauk River projects. We weren't disappointed. There dozens of ideas generated and we'll be incorporating as many of these ideas into the organization as quickly as we can.