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Talk and tour with four river mayors

Mayors of River Falls, Afton, Hastings and Prescott will hold workshops and tours in the area on Friday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library.

The Great Rivers Confluence Project's fourth symposium "Commerce, Culture and Connections" will highlight each town's attributes presented by their mayors.

The new website Great Rivers Confluence and comprehensive map will be shared along with ideas for encouraging promoting of recreation and tourism as well as protecting the area's natural resources.

This conference is the fourth in a series designed for business people, government officials, chambers of commerce and anyone interested in the confluence of St Croix and Mississippi Rivers and their tributaries.

"It is no small thing that the Great River Road in Wisconsin was named this year as America's Prettiest Drive and it begins in Prescott," said Randy Thoreson from the National Park Service. Thoreson is one of the speakers and involved since the beginning of this group.

After a morning of workshops and a box lunch, a bus tour will include River Falls' Kinnickinnic river parks and trails, the new Point Douglas Trail site, a stop at Carpenter Nature Center, the new Hwy. 61 bridge construction site and its trail, Hastings' trails, parks, and prairie restoration, the LeDuc Historic Estate and Prescott's Orange Dragon Art Gallery (a cooperative of local artists) and end with a tasting of some local foods and wines.

Cost is $35, to register call 715-262-0104 or complete the registration form, Symposium form scan it and email it to Margaret Smith. Make checks payable to Friends of Freedom Park.