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Falls of the Kinnickinnic River in the 1860s, from a postcard published by Whitney Gallery, St. Paul, Minn.

Wild Side: Where are the falls in River Falls?

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I can’t recall how many times I’ve been asked to explain to people inquiring about where the waterfalls are in River Falls. The falls of the Kinnickinnic River are hidden under hydropower dams within the city. Now the City of River Falls has a unique opportunity to reconsider its namesake.


After working with regulated rivers for more than 40 years, I appreciate the economic utility and the social and environmental costs of dams. It’s human nature to want to control water.

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