I grew up on the Crow River. I remember walking with Grandpa on the cow paths worn along the hillside above the river, and measuring flood or drought against the big rock at the end of the island. We found wild strawberries on those hillsides, and picked prickly gooseberries later in the summer. Mending pasture fences, I watched the bluebirds nest each year in an old, gray wooden fencepost.
In 1976, our Meeker County part of the Crow River was added to Minnesota’s Wild and Scenic Rivers list, along with parts of the Mississippi, Kettle, Rum, Minnesota and Cannon rivers. Now an oil pipeline crosses the wild and scenic Crow River, and this year the pipeline company proposes to double the amount of oil that the pipeline carries. Continue reading