You may know that the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities is a national park: the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). But few of us know how our special river became a national park in the first place.

John Anfinson, MNRRA’s Park Superintendent and a founding board member at Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), recently researched the story behind how our national park came to be. He learned that this history could come full circle: The riverfront site that started it all is now the potential future home of a new national park headquarters and River Learning Center. Read more at

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