Big Stone Lake

The Long and Beltrami Explorations in Minnesota 100 Years Ago

Christianson, Theodore
This article focuses on Stephan Long's 1823 expedition to Minnesota, on which he brought a zoologist, a geologist, a landscape painter, an astronomer, and a topographer. The author briefly describes participation in the journey by Beltrami, an Italian lawyer and linguist. Also discusses are name origins (including those of the Redwood, Minnesota and St. Peter's rivers), the character of upper reaches of the river, and the Indian village at Big Stone Lake.

Voyage Down the Minnesota

Krohn, Tim
This series of articles and photographs chronicles an eleven-day canoe trip taken by two newspaper reporters down the Minnesota River in the summer of 1998. The authors comment on river conditions and the character of the surrounding lands from the headwaters at Big Stone Lake to the confluence with the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities. Companion stories provide historical information and highlight various citizen efforts to protect the river.

Headwaters of the Minnesota River Water Quality Segment Plan

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency- Division of Water Quality
Part of a series of river-segment plans prepared in compliance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, the goal of this plan was to develop an implementation strategy for improving water quality in the headwaters of the Minnesota River- a subbasin extending from Big Stone Lake to the inlet at Marsh Lake. The plan includes a description of the area (location, classification), point dischargers (municipal, industrial, and livestock feedlot), and an abatement schedule for noncompliant dischargers. A river-segment map is appended.
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