One River, Many Stories

One River, Many Stories runs throughout the month of April and KUMD is a part of it. Check out our stories below. Find more information and stories at

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The One River, Many Stories project galvanized the community last spring, and now it's one of three finalists (among 144) in the Knight Cities Challenge competition.

To win, a project needs to focus on one or more of the following three criteria:

Mueez Ahmad

For the 12th time (they average this about once every three years)  UMD Theatre is off to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this time to perform playwright/director Tom Isbell's One River.

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Tom Isbell is a bit of an overachiever.

The UMD Theatre professor/director is also a novelist  and playwright .

So when he heard about the One River, Many Stories project,  a year-long community journalism collaboration about the St. Louis River, Isbell says he realized "we tell stories with theatre, too."  And he figured it was "time to get out of our little corner of UMD and play nice with others."

UMD's Tom Isbell takes off his director hat come May ... and usually, he puts on his novelist hat.

But this summer, inspired by the "One River, Many Stories" community-wide journalism project, he's  pulled out his scriptwriting hat (a pirate hat, with a plume, he says) and has begun dramatizing some of the stories for performances in late September of what he calls "documentary theater."

St. Louis River Alliance

In connection with the community-wide One River, Many Stories project, Green Visions will be looking at the St. Louis River during April.

This week, it's the St. Louis River Alliance's Sentry Program, offering citizen-scientists the opportunity to get some intensive training and then go forth and watch for invasive species in the waters of the St. Louis River.

©Bryan French Photography

It started as a way to grieve … and honor a respected journalist in our community.

It’s grown to be a project involving more disparate people and groups than anyone could imagine.

  Annie Dugan shares a couple of art events this week in the Twin Ports: