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River Talk Series Begins With Business Panel

Grab a mug of coffee or maybe a glass of beer and learn about the St. Louis River Estuary at the same time. Wisconsin Sea Grant and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve are starting the second year of informal, science café-type evening talks about the estuary.

These informal “River Talks” begin in October and will be held on the third Thursday of the month through January at the Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior, Wis., and will then move across the estuary to the Amazing Grace Cafe in Duluth, Minn.

The first River Talk, “An Industrious River: How Business Relies on Fresh Water,” is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Red Mug (916 Hammond Ave, Superior, Wis.) Panelists are Emily Vikre, Vikre Distillery; Charlie Studuhar, Spirit Lake Marina; and Heather Holmes, North Shore Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Dates and tentative topics for other talks are:

Nov. 20, 2014 – What’s the Point? Ojibway History and the Unique Value of Wisconsin Point

Jan. 22, 2015 – Formation Story: How the St. Louis River Came to Be, Geologically

Feb. 18, 2015 – Making the St. Louis River Hip: The River Corridor Project

Mar. 18, 2015 – Restoring the Spirit to the River: The U.S. Steel Superfund Site on Spirit Lake

Apr. 15, 2015 – Clean it up and Cash in: The Economic “Cents” of Restoring the St. Louis


May 20, 2015 – So Many Questions: Researching St. Louis Estuary Mysteries

Jun. 17, 2015 – Pollution and Poetry: Celebrating the River’s Restoration Through Words