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One River, Many Stories

May 16, 2017

Journalists and citizens told stories, both written and visual, about the St. Louis River. Read the report on this community endeavor.

It is not too late to order a printed copy of the One River, Many Stories final report. The report, designed by UMD Assistant Professor Matt Olin in Graphic Design, offers a summary of the contributions produced for the One River, Many Stories project.

You will see reactions from some participants and our initial recommendations for other communities that may want to replicate what we tried here. We hope this document can serve as a blueprint that other communities can use to find their own collaborative, storytelling opportunities.

In April 2016, we asked all journalists, storytellers, and citizens in northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin to tell one story about the St. Louis River, its communities, its history, its people. When they published a story, we asked them to share it on social media and use our hashtags: #OneRiverMN, #ChiGamiiziibi (the Ojibwe name for the St. Louis River).

Those stories joined the aggregated collection of content produced by others in the region. We hoped One River, Many Stories would be a powerful demonstration of what happens when all the region’s storytellers focused their attention on one topic.

Did it work? Yes, but not in ways we could have imagined.

To view the report and order your own print copy, visit our website:

Thanks from the One River, Many Stories grant team:
John Hatcher, associate professor, Communication}
Jennifer Moore, assistant professor, Communication
Paul Lundgren, president, Perfect Duluth Day

Image above (detail): Dane Gagnon's photo of his cattle dog, Timmy, enjoying a stroll along the river. 

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