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SCSU Students Use Photography to Learn, Teach About Mississippi River [PHOTOS, AUDIO]

Student Kyle VanOverbeke shares his work (Photo by WJON’s Abby Faulkner)

ST. CLOUD – Many of us see and cross over the Mississippi River on a daily basis, but how much do we really know about it?

That’s the question a St. Cloud State University class is asking and answering through a public photo project.

The 15-person freshman year honors course, called “A Deep Exploration of Our River,” includes a segment which asks students to take pictures demonstrating how the river affects their lives.

Kyle VanOverbeke is one of the students in the course. He chose to focus on man-made elements like dams and drainage pipes.

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VanOverbeke says the class has done extensive reading on how other river communities have interacted with the Mississippi, and want to show the communitiy just how integral the river is in our daily lives in st. Cloud.

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The coursework of “A Deep Exploration Our River” also included a Mississippi River clean-up day.

These 50 mounted photos were on public display at the Atwood Memorial Center earlier today – if you missed it, you can see the photos in the class’s online gallery.

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