The first-ever Minnesota River Congress is taking place this Thursday at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Organizers say that the main purpose of the event will be to discuss the merits of having a citizen-led, basin-wide organization to promote the economic and natural vitality of the Minnesota River valley, and how it could be structured. The Congress begins with afternoon events, followed by dinner, and discussion in the evening, and everyone is welcome and invited to attend. Organizations involved in all aspects of the Minnesota River Valley will be on hand, and students from Wild River Academy will discuss their adventures on the Minnesota River. The cost to attend is $15 per-person in advance or $20 at the door, with kids and college students getting in for free. For more information contact the Coalition For A Clean Minnesota River’s Scott Sparlin at (507)726-2280.