From left to right: Kjersti Monson (FL&D), Greg Lais (Wilderness Inquiry), Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, and former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton

September 15, 2019

Friends of the Lock & Dam was proud to sponsor the City of Minneapolis canoe in Wilderness Inquiry’s 2019 Great River Race, the Race to Close the Achievement Gap! Learn more about this amazing annual event here.

Mayor Frey led a team of Minneapolis staff in a strong showing, paddling for the finish line with 25 other Voyageur canoes on a beautiful September morning. The river was high but gorgeous, and the race route was interspersed with migrating Pelicans gliding overhead, juvenile Bald Eagles circling the water and swooping for fish, and the occasional Double Crested Cormorant sitting low in the water, ready to dive.

Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton kicked off the event with Wilderness Inquiry founder and director Greg Lais.