Letter; We can restore river, falls to their former glory
March 1 marked seven years since my father-in-law, Bruce Foster, “fostered out.”
He was a remarkable man, and I miss him. He was passionate about a great many things.
One in particular was greater than most — his love for the Kinnickinnic River.
He spent much of his time walking, paddling and fishing the river. He told the tale to anyone who would listen of his great-grandfather, Joel Foster, walking from Hudson just to find this rumored cold-water fishing river with its falls.
One of Bruce’s deepest desires was to see the two remaining dams on the Kinni come down and return the river to its previous glory — a free-flowing trout stream with stunning cascade falls.
The city of River Falls has started the process to re-license the dam with the federal government.
That process creates an opportunity for community conversation about whether the dams should continue to operate.
Last week I attended a meeting of The Friends of The Kinni group at the public library.
If you are interested in joining the conversation — please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I believe in my heart that Bruce looked down from his stream above and smiled — then he went back to fishing with his brother and father and the generations of Fosters who loved and lived on the Kinni.
--David Babcock, River Falls