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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Riverbend Association Papers, 1960 - 1972

Page address:

Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Riverbend Association. Papers, 1960 - 1972.
MSU Archives Collection 1315

Riverbend Association. Papers, 1960 - 1972. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1315. 4 folders.


This collection consists of items from the Riverbend Association, a citizens group that was concerned with plans to build a reservoir on the Blue Earth River to control flooding. Included in the collection are the group's policy statement, information released by the Corps of Engineers about the proposed reservoir, photocopies of newspaper articles about the Riverbend Association or the reservoir proposal, and a map of the proposed Blue Earth River Reservoir.

Historical Note:

The Riverbend Association was organized in November 1968 to consider problems with the rivers in Minnesota Region 9. The group was a citizens planning group, which examined the U.S. Army Engineer Corps proposals to build a reservoir on the Blue Earth River to prevent flooding. The Project Alternative Task Force, an offshoot of the Riverbend Association, was formed to make the community aware of the reservoir plan and the problems that it would cause.

Historical information obtained from the collection.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Riverbend Association and their opposition to a proposed reservoir on the Blue Earth River. Newspaper clippings and photocopies of newspaper articles make up part of the collection. These articles and letters to the editor focus on the Riverbend Association, and the Blue Earth River Reservoir project. Informational pamphlets and papers released by the State of Minnesota and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are also included in the collection. These items are all regarding the impact of the proposed reservoir on the area surrounding the Blue Earth River. Other miscellaneous items, such as the group's policy statement, a map of the proposed reservoir, and questions that were asked to the Corps of Engineers at a community forum are also included in the collection.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Riverbend Association. Papers, 1960 - 1972. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1315, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Mike Scullin donated this collection in April 1981.

Processed By:

Karyn Nester processed this collection in March 1988. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell January 2001.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about the Riverbend Association available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Riverbend Association-Mankato (Minn.)
Blue Earth County (Minn.)-Community Action Groups.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers-Flood Control Projects.
Blue Earth River (Minn.)

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1315



Miscellaneous papers, 1967 – 1970



Newspaper clippings relating to Blue Earth River Reservoir project, 1970



Pamphlets outlining flood control projects, 1968 – 1972



Photocopies of newspaper articles, 1960 – 1972