Decoding the Driftless – Film Presentation

Thursday | June 6 | 7:00pm
Winona County History Center | 160 Johnson St.

The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters (Friends) are teaming up with the Frozen River Film Festival to present Decoding the Driftless (details above). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker George Howe. Admission is $10 for adults with proceeds benefiting the work of the Friends. Students may attend free (K-8 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets will be available at the door, cash or check only. Copies of the film will also be available for purchase directly from Mr. Howe.

For those who missed the documentary at this year’s Frozen River Film Festival – or would like to see it again – this is a great opportunity to view it while supporting a local volunteer group. The Friends are dedicated to assisting the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Refuge) which is prominently featured in the film.

The feature-length documentary film, Decoding the Driftless, is a wild ride of adventure through the air, across rugged landscapes, on- and under-the water, through a secret underworld, and across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology of the Driftless Region (parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois), with its captivating scenic beauty. Learn why this one region, in the heart of America, is the only “island driftless region” in the world.

The Friends are a 501(c)3 volunteer organization based in Winona with members from the surrounding area, both in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Friends host activities throughout the year that bring people onto the Refuge (paddling, fishing, bird-watching), assist Refuge staff with biological surveys, and educate and advocate on behalf of the Refuge. Information about how you can become a Friend and get involved in supporting your Refuge will be available at the event.

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Frozen River Film Festival is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


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