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Minn. River-Lake Pepin Friendship Tour a finalist in statewide contest

MONTEVIDEO -- A project designed to foster friendship between "up-streamers" from the Minnesota River and "down-streamers" from the Lake Pepin area has been chosen as one of three finalists in a statewide contest to promote collaboration across various sectors of Minnesota.

A video about the Minnesota River Lake Pepin Friendship Tour Project has been posted online at the InCommons Collaboration challenge website.

The video that receives the most votes through Dec. 10 will receive a $25,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to fund the continuation of the collaboration. Anyone with an e-mail address can vote and their names will be entered into a drawing for a free flip video camera.

The tour idea was conceived by Montevideo-based Clean Up the River Environment, which enlisted the support of various agencies to sponsor and organize the tours in August and September.

A group of evaluators, led by the Citizens League and an independent panel of expert judges narrowed this group down to three outstanding collaborations: Growing up Healthy from Northfield and Faribault; Native American Somali Friendship Committee from Minneapolis and the Minnesota River-Lake Pepin Friendship Tours from Montevideo.

Vote at Challenge. For more information, visit info@In or call 612-520-1756.