Zumbro River Bluffs John Weiss.jpg

YOUR STORIES

Water Stories are being collected now.

Have a water story to share?  We would love to hear about your connection to water and why water is important to you.

 

THE ZUMBRO RIVER – DRIFTLESS PLACE NAMES

By James T. Spartz

River of Obstructions, Place Where the Pines Grow. This 1,422 square-mile watershed hosts a dendritic network of forks and branches draining undulating uplands through marshy bottoms to a channeled confluence with the Mississippi River. Its name, and the names of places situated along its various reaches, are combinations of Indigenous Dakota descriptions, French titles dating from the fur-trade era, and settler names applied mostly around the time of Minnesota’s statehood in 1858.

Why place names? Names signify collective relations, memories, and aspirations.

WATER STORIES: A MEMOIR ANTHOLOGY

Water Stories: A Memoir Anthology is the culminating product of the work of 3 Rochester authors, Rochester Public Library staff, and volunteer judges. This book began as a collaborative project between the Rochester Public Library and the We Are Water MN program, with the goal to deepen connection between the humanities and water. We are Water MN has the goal to help communities, organizations, and individuals make better choices about the fundamental element of water. As a library, we hoped this contest would challenge the writers of southeastern Minnesota to write a memoir that tells tales of local history, personal experiences, and our individual responsibilities to water. The publishing of this anthology allows us to recognize that the written word is a powerful instrument and these authors have demonstrated their capability to mold words and memories to create three award worth memoirs.

SAMMIE PETERSON

Sammie Peterson shares her passion for building future generations' relationships to water.
What should the water be like for future generations?

JANICE DOMKE

Janice Domke is a self-described river rat, who shares the story of her love of the river and the losses that she and her community faced when the Zumbro flooded in 2010.
How has water been a part of moments of joy or pain in your life?

KAMAU WILKINS

Kamau Wilkins is a water protector and social justice leader. He shares what is like to learn from elders and others about their relationship to water.
What is your relationship to water?

MEGAN GALLAGHER

Megan Gallagher worked as an intern for the Environmental Resources Department in Olmstead County where she learned what was in the water--good and bad.
Have you tested your water? Do you know where your water comes from?

BIGER FAMILY

The Biger Family came from Iowa City to the Zumbro River to find recreation and respite during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has water been part of your story during the COVID-19 pandemic?