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Explore the Upper Mississippi

July-August 2014

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Mapping Time and the River (pdf) by Ryan Johnson, from March-April 2014

Download Army Corps 2011 Navigation Charts

Essay Only the River is Real, by Vincent Kavaloski, from March-April 2014

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

* Sand Dollars Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf) Some of the best sand for fracture drilling is found in the exposed rocky bluffs along the Upper Mississippi. From July-August 2011 Big River.

Watch the time-lapse videos of the new Hastings bridge being moved and lifted into place.

State of the River Report Water Quality and River Health in the Metro Mississippi River is a product of the Friends of the Mississippi River and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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Weather forecast for Upper Mississippi cities

River levels on the Upper Mississippi

Towboat-watching resource: Boats in pools and queued in locks.

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

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Driftless Area, Lansing to LeClaire, Iowa, and Quad Cities Travel Guides by Dean Klinkenberg. More info and ordering info.

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Current Issue July-August 2014

(Jay Hoeschler)

Log Rolling Renaissance
by Ryan Johnson

(John Sullivan)

Cardinal Flowers Gems of the Floodplain Forest

(Bloody red shrimp courtesy of NOAA)

10 Invasive Species that threaten the Mississippi River

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 Have you seen any mayfly hatches yet? Here is a link to a pdf of the mayfly story we did last July.

The river is still high and just reaching its crest in some locations.

 Read our two-part coverage of the flood of 1965:
Part One
Part Two

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Big River Travel Map
Dozens of scenic Mississippi overlooks and places to go.

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Volunteer groups on the river - a nine-part series about non-profit groups making a difference on the Upper Mississippi

Check the weather forecast and river levels for Upper Mississippi River cities.

More on overlooks

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Deck on Deck: Towboating in the Twin Cities by Capt. Bob Deck

What's it like to work on a towboat? Deck on Deck is a first-hand account of life on river towboats in the 1970s and 80s. These stories will entertain you as Bob Deck recalls his days as a deckhand on the Mississippi River.

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Troubled Waters 30 Years in the River Business by Jack Lambert For sale in the Big River Bookstore. Listen to Jack's July 1st talk with Tommy Mischke on The Nite Show - Mischke Til Midnite,WCCO NewsRadio online.