Goose Fest

40th Annual Goose Fest

September 26-28, 2014


A 3-day city celebration held in conjunction with the opening of the annual waterfowl hunting season. Highlights include competitions, parade, dances, numerous food venues, displays, entertainment, Community Theatre play, and flea market.

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Gearing Up for Goose Fest

If there’s one thing Middle River knows how to do, it’s how to throw a great party! The annual Goose Festival has to be one of the biggest parties in Minnesota, when the town swells from its population of just over 300 people to thousands. Every organization and church gets involved. There are bake sales, [...]

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Letters from Thief Lake

Neighbors, As I worked in the garden one evening, my attention was captured by an odd call. The sound having a ...

Goose Capitol of the North


Tucked between two national wildlife refuges, Middle River is teeming with birds and game of many species. Many prominent are ducks, geese, deer and moose. It’s not unusual to see those and more while driving through the countryside; and naturally, the hunting seasons bring tourists and local hunters out in force. On the opening of goose hunting, the banks of Thief Lake are lined with camouflage clad hunters, their guns at the ready, waiting for the sun to rise.

Steve Holmes Memorial Walk

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - 8 am Saturday, October 1


The 1.3 mile Memorial Walk is almost completed. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, October 1 at 8 am, followed by the 9th Annual Goose Walk/Run.

The Memorial Walk will soon be paved!

Miss Middle River Pageant

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Middle River School


Miss Middle River is proud to be an official preliminary to Miss America, the world's largest scholarship provider for young women. The pageant exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. It provides a forum for today's young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences and the public during the ensuing year.

Greenbush/Middle River School

Middle River is consolidated in 1993 with northern neighbor, Greenbush, to form School District 2683, Greenbush-Middle River School. The Middle River site houses grades K-8 and the Greenbush site houses K-5 and 9-12. Visit Greenbush/Middle River