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Work to promote the Zumbro River Valley is underway!

Three Quick-Start Grants were awarded to community groups from towns along the Zumbro River for projects that will promote the lower Zumbro River Valley. The grants are part of a Community Growth Initiative process, which has been facilitated by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.  Projects that were funded are:  an RV park in Hammond on lots that cannot be built upon again after the September 2011 flooding;  preliminary work to create a Zumbro Valley bike trail that would link the Douglas and Pioneer trails on the west outside of Zumbrota to the Great River Ridge Trailhead in Plainview; and an Art Tour of barn quilts and free-standing art billboards along Hwy. 60 from Zumbrota to Wabasha.

Towns rally to creat a Zumbro Valley Community Foundation!

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation offered $20,000 in grant funding through the CGI process, but only $7,500 was requested for the Quick Start grants.  The remaining $12,500 is being offered to establish a Zumbro Valley Community Foundation.  Community leaders in the Zumbro Valley are working to raise the matching funds so that this new non-profit foundation can be formed.  This new foundation's goal will be to create a self-sustaining mechanism for funding projects that promote the economic and community development goals for towns along the Zumbro River between Zumbrota and Wabasha.  For more information on this effort, contact Janice Domke, Hammond City Council, or Al Christenson, Zumbro Falls Mayor.  


Businesses—Theres a wide variety of businesses in the Valley---most with a unique history.  You'll find an old-fashioned "five & dime" in Plainview, a gun shop in Millville, and Japanese kimonos in Wabasha.  Come and explore! For Visitors —We've got everything from primitive campsites for nature lovers to B&B rooms in towns and in the country, on the Mississippi and in lofts above Wabasha's main street buildings. And food! Bring your appetite. Things To Do— Visitors to Valley will generally find what every they're looking for! If you like it loud---motocross at three tracks! If you like it quiet---697 acres of Dunes.  If you want to cool down---miles and miles of the Zumbro River.
 

Explore The Zumbro is a collaboration of cities, businesses and organizations that are in or near the Zumbro River Valley in eastern Goodhue and Wabasha Counties in southeastern Minnesota..
 
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