The Alliance Purpose, Background and Membership
The purpose of the byway is to encourage economic development through the promotion, preservation,
and protection of the intrinsic qualities of the
Minnesota River Valley.
- The Alliance meets monthly in Redwood Falls (a central location for the byway) to discuss projects and plans for the byway.
- The Alliance membership is made up of volunteers from cities, counties, chambers of commerce, museums, agencies and interested residents of the river valley. Membership is open to everyone. The only requirement is a keen interest in the river valley and an ability to attend the regular meetings.
- The Alliance also has identified a list of “Partners.” Partners are identified entities or individuals that would like to stay informed without the ability to regularly attend Alliance meetings.
- Duties of the Alliance include: developing and distributing marketing materials for the byway (brochures, videos, website, etc.); seeking opportunities to work with other groups and organizations to preserve, promote, protect the river valley; to educate residents and visitors about the recreational, scenic, historical, environmental, cultural and archaeological characteristics of the river valley; seek funding to complete byway projects.
Chair Sarah Warmka
New Ulm Chamber
Vice Chair Nicole Elzenga
Renville County Museum
Secretary Terri Dinesen
Lac qui Parle State Park
Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism
Photographer – New Ulm
Granite Falls Historical Society
Blue Earth County Historical Society
Explore MN Tourism
Upper Sioux Community THPO
Cheyanne St. John
Lower Sioux Community THPO
Minnesota Historical Society
Nicollet County Historical Society
Chippewa County Historical Society
Kristi Fernholz , Coordinator
Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission