For Love of a River: The Minnesota Book Talk

    October 15th, 2020

    We Are Water

    Mankato, MN – Meet the authors and hear stories about writing the book For Love of a River: The Minnesota on Tuesday October 27, at 7:00 PM via zoom. This event is part of the We are Water MN a Minnesota Humanities Center traveling exhibit brought to Mankato by the Blue Earth County Historical Society, the Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Le Sueur River Watershed Network. This event is free and open to the public.

    Growing up in the river town of Morton, Darby Nelson developed a deep taproot of affection that anchored his contagious curiosity about the land and people of the Minnesota River Valley. Now, with an ecologist’s lens and a lifelong appreciation for wild and scenic places, Darby sets out with his wife, Geri, to paddle the river all the way from its source near the Minnesota–South Dakota border to its confluence with the Mississippi in the Twin Cities.

    For Love of a River: The Minnesota addresses topics as diverse as geology, early and modern agriculture, citizen advocacy, water-quality challenges and solutions, river-based recreation, dams and dam removal, prairie pothole lakes, the river’s rich diversity of plant and animal life, and the Dakota–US War. Never before has a book undertaken such a holistic exploration of the state’s namesake river and its basin. It’s a love story that took five years of writing and has been a lifetime in the making.

    The presentation will be led by Geri Nelson along with editor John Hickman and will include a short video presentation with time included for Q&A. This wonderful book is available for sale on Amazon and can purchased locally at the Blue Earth County Historical Society.

    Join the presentation by logging on to zoom via More details and the full description of We are Water MN events can be found at The We are Water MN Exhibit focusing on the Greater Blue Earth River Basin will be on display at the Blue Earth County Historical Society October 22 through December 18, 2020 at 424 Warren Street, Mankato, MN.

    Blue Earth County Historical Society has partnered with Water Resources Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Le Sueur River Watershed Network and the Minnesota Humanities Center to bring this exhibit our community.

    We Are Water MN is a collaboration of the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. This exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

    For more information, please contact BECHS at 507-345-5566 or visit our website at