Hike the Canal – Press Release

The Friends of the Hennepin Canal are holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday, May 21.   This month’s hike will be from Bridge 47 to Lock 33 (Guard Lock) on the Feeder Canal. This portion of the “Hike the Hennepin” is 4.9 miles in length and it has been named the “Indigo Bunting”. “   We will meet at Bridge 45 access at 1:30 pm, where we will follow the leader to Lock 33; from there we will be shuttled to Bridge 47 to begin our hike. Bridge 45 is located on Route 40 across from the Days Inn in Rock Falls....
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Devoted to preservation

STERLING – A man who loved the Hennepin Canal in childhood, then devoted his career to preserving the 105-mile national landmark, has retired after 3 decades of working to transform the abandoned shipping route into a recreational state park. Steve Moser grew up along the canal banks in Kewanee where he fished the Hennepin with his grandfather. He retired Thursday after 28 years as superintendent of the Hennepin Canal State Park. “I was a fan of it from being a little guy on up,” said Moser, 60, now of Sterling. “I was lucky enough to get the [superintendent] position, and I fell in love with...
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Lt. Governor Quinn Honors Residents with Environmental Hero Awards

CHICAGO – December 30, 2008.  Lt. Governor Pat Quinn presented the 2008 Environmental Hero Awards to 26 individuals, schools and groups in recognition of their commitment to environmental health and protection. “The citizens here today are truly environmental heroes,” Quinn said.  “I am proud to salute them for the hard work they have done to show us that when it comes to making the Land of Lincoln a cleaner, better place – we can all make a difference.” The 2008 Illinois Environmental Hero Award recipients include local groups: Friends of the Hennepin Canal ...
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Canal Group Gets Award from IDNR

By Anonymous Star Courier Posted Jul 24, 2008 @ 08:05 PM Sheffield, Ill. — Friends of the Hennepin Canal is among four organizations to receive Volunteer of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The awards go each year to individuals and organizations for exceptional volunteer service to the department and the people of Illinois. IDNR officials said the award for the Friends of the Canal was for their work on observing the centennial of the canal last year. “It appeared not much would be celebrated until a group of volunteers stepped forward,” according to an...
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