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World Water Month

Water is life. No one can survive without water. To spread the importance of clean water, we celebrate World Water Day on March 22. In many parts of the world, there is much less fresh water useable for drinking or sanitation, and this day is celebrated to create awareness about it. How can you celebrate? Avoid wasting water. It's that simple. Close the tap after use. Take shorter showers. Invest in a low-flush toilet. Check out our new blog, which has several posts concerning water, including some fun experiments to try. If you want to learn more about World Water Day, go to the official UN World Water Day page.

World Water Day is March 22…

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Flint Michigan”?

As of late, it is probably WATER. Lead poisoned water, sick children, an outraged community, and a swarm of citizens and media asking a beleaguered government:

How could you let this happen?” followed by “You need to fix the problem!

That is a fair question and a fair expectation. The leadership should be accountable for their actions and lack of actions. To compromise water/health-safety for the sake of a budget is an affront to our “life, liberty, and the pursuit of ANYTHING…” That sentiment is shared by many of us even though we are blessed to live in a region where we have abundant pristine water. But if something like that could happen in Flint, couldn’t it happen here as well?

Shifting our focus just slightly: What comes to mind when you hear the words

Garde Saline” or “Xesiguan Chimaltenago”?

Chances are, if you haven’t been on a certain mission project, you may have never heard of these communities. Yet, they are far better examples of the challenges to health and wellbeing that is faced daily due to inadequate clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Read the rest on our new blog.

Upcoming Community Ed Classes

The Spring catalog of Pine-River Community Education courses are now open for registration. Beginning on Tuesday, April 5 with Green Housekeeping and concluding with May 26th's Intro to Geocaching, there is no shortage of ways to enrich you or your child's bond with nature. With classes for adults and kids, alike, there are many options to choose from. For a full list, you can go to our community education page

Limonana Recipe

Limonana is a family favorite drink that can please both young and old alike. Using only four ingredients, this is a sweet treat that will get you going.


  • 1/2 cup sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 3/4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 6 mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


  • In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and sugar. Heat over medium, whisking constantly, till the sugar dissolves. Let the water cool to room temperature.
  • In a blender, combine the sugar water, fresh lemon juice, ice, fresh mint leaves and 3/4 cup of water.
  • Pulse for a few seconds, then blend for 1 minute till the ice is thoroughly crushed and the drink takes on the texture of a thick slushy. Taste. This recipe produces a mildly sweet limonana, which is the way I like it. Some people like it sweeter. Add sugar to taste, if desired, and blend again.
  • Pour into cold glasses and serve. Garnish with sprigs of mint, if desired.
Thanks Tori Avey for the recipe! 


Upcoming Events

Northland Arboretum

Dragonfly Workshop
Saturday, June 5, 2016
Cost: $25 for Arb Members
$40 for non-Arb Members

Sprout Food Hub Grand Opening

Sprout Growers & Makers Marketplace
Friday & Saturday, April 1-2
Cost: $15 for lunch
609 13th Ave NE #8
Little Falls, MN

BAELN Events

The Art of Communicating Across Generations
Thursday, April 21
Networking 3pm, Speaker 3:30pm
Cost: Free
Land Services Bldg. 322 Laurel St.
Brainerd, MN
Lower Level Meeting Room 2

Tiny Turtles

Pre-K Activities
2nd Monday of Every Month
April 11, May 9
FREE but RSVP Requested
Contact Michelle Hoefs at for information.

(formerly Sustainable Tuesdays)

Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm
Rail River Folk School
303 Railroad St. SW
Bemidji, MN

Eco Camp Registration Now Open

Join the Planet Power Pals
during Eco Camp 2016
Camps are taking place all summer.


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