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Adding to Frontenac State Park

A stunning view, restored prairie, oak savanna and a creek are added as P&TC completes a major addition for the park.

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Phased Reopening

State parks are reopening in a phased approach. See their reopening plan on their website.

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Saving Land for Parks and Trails

Parks & Trails Council steps in when most needed, sometimes to create a new park or trail, other times to purchase a small yet invaluable parcel, without which the park or trail would have lost part of what makes it so special.

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July 28, 2020

Stalled bonding bills leaves key projects unlikely this year

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up their second special session on July 21 without passing a much anticipated public ...
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July 28, 2020

Volunteers persist in improving the trail they built

The Gateway State Trail exists thanks to the vision and persistence of a small group of residents, who in 1980, rallied to ...
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