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May-June 2011
Highlights and Links

Follow the links for more information about Upper Mississippi stories and news in this issue of Big River.

Features:

Resurrecting Floating Works of Art

Festivals Along the Mississippi

Restaurant Review Bombfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa

Florence Bird: Sculptor

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Alma:Town Across the River
Historical photos by Gerhard Gesell

The Mystery  of the Morel
By Jim Solberg

Flood Watch
By Capt. Bob Deck

 
 

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Resurrecting Floating Works of Art
By Terrence Williams

St. Paul Shipwrights maintain and restore wooden boats.

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Festivals along the Upper Mississippi

There are summer festivals galore on the Upper Mississippi River. See the list in the May-June issue. Here is a map with a sampling of the events.

Restaurant Review
Bombfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa

Wood-fired pizza made with fresh ingredients. Comfy and kid-friendly. On an island in the river.

"If these folks make me feel any more comfortable, I'd still be here."

Florence Bird: Sculptor

Florence Bird Studio

Mississippi River Sculpture Park in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

This statue of Emma Big Bear will be installed and dedicated on July 16, 2011.

 

Alma: Town Across the River

Historical photos by Gerhard Gesell will be on display again this summer. See several photos and information about Gesell in Big River.

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Flood Watch
By Capt. Bob Deck

Early in March 2011, the National Weather Service predicted the Mississippi and Minnesoa rivers would combine to break the all-time 1965 record height of 26 feet in St. Paul. The Mississippi eventually crested in St. Paul much short of the record.

Bob Deck, river pilot and writer, gives us a peak at flood forecasting and how river people respond to the uncertainties of a fickle river.

Deck on Deck  

The Mystery  of the Morel
By Jim Solberg

Mmm-mm morels. Do they have secret hiding places? Will the author let us in on his secret?