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Traversing the Mississippi River to raise funds for the Bemidji Food Shelf

A man and his dog paddle a canoe on the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.
Ed Patrias
Ed Patrias from Turtle River is on a Great River Adventure from Bemidji to the Gulf of Mexico to raise funds for the Bemidji Food Shelf during the spring of 2024.

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NORTH OF PALISADE — ”We had a real camp breakfast,” Ed Patrias said from a picnic table north of Palisade.

Ed was our guest this week on "What’s for Breakfast," our weekly conversation with a member about the most important meal of the day.

“We had a scramble, so we made hash browns and bacon and eggs and cheese and even some leftover pulled pork from last night."

View from a canoe of the Mississippi River with beautiful clouds and reflections in the water.
Marla Huss Patrias
Ed Patrias is traveling the length of the Mississippi River to raise funds for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

Ed is currently making the epic Mississippi River trip from his Turtle River home in Turtle River to the Gulf of the Mexico. Or, as he told us in the conversation, he and his wife will end up in Mobile, Alabama.

“I’ve always had this dream. It’s [been] percolating for 45 years about doing the Mississippi River.” Ed’s quest is not just personal, he’s traveling for a purpose.

As a board member of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, Ed is raising money to combat food insecurity. In 2023, there was a 23% increase in people needing food assistance in Bemidji, with double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2024.

Ed’s goal to raise $15,000 in his Great River Adventure will make a significant impact on feeding families who need help. Find out how to help here. You can also follow along with his trip on Facebook.

Listen to our full conversation with Ed above.

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Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.