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Students create banners to protest new mining near the BWCA

St. Catherine University students gather at the Minnesota State Capitol on the day of the Precious Waters Flotilla rally, Oct. 22, 2012.
St. Catherine University students gather at the Minnesota State Capitol on the day of the Precious Waters Flotilla rally, Oct. 22, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Allison Adrian.

Students from Professor Allison Adrian’s course on The Reflective Woman volunteered their time creating banners to be used in the Precious Waters Flotilla rally at the Minnesota State Capitol in October.

The Precious Waters Flotilla, a 30-day canoe trip from the site of Polyment Mining to the Capitol in St. Paul, was developed to raise awareness about proposed copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

On Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, St. Kate’s students gathered at the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis to create materials for the rally. On Oct. 22, the students joined canoeists at the conclusion of their trip down the Mississippi River to rally against new mining.

Metal mining in the northeastern part of Minnesota poses a threat to the waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Lake Superior and the Mississippi watersheds. By-products from the proposed mines could have a range of impacts on the state, from wild rice growth to the Minnesota tourism industry.

Student participation in the event was part of a service learning component of Adrian's course, offered in partnership with Community Work and Learning at St. Kate's. More than 20 course sessions of The Reflective Woman this fall include a service learning component.

Oct. 31, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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