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Advocacy News

pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
March 5, 2019
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Heartland: trail spur

For predesign and engineering of a 25-mile spur of the Heartland State Trail that will connect Itasca State Park to Park Rapids.
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March 5, 2019
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Goodhue Pioneer: trail development

For acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing (an unfunded request from 2018).
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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
March 5, 2019
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Gitchi-Gami: trail development into Lutsen

Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.
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vibrant colored photo of downtown Faribault
March 5, 2019
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Faribault-Northern Links: trail connection

This project is included in Parks & Trails Council's 2019 Legislative Agenda. 2019 Legislative SummaryCurrent Bill Funding AmountStatus$750,000Fully funding P&TC's recommendation 2019 Funding Source Sought General Obligation Bonds 2019 Bills Introduced HF 2172: Northern Links Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated. SF 2160: ...
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Trail sign along Cannon Valley Trail
March 5, 2019
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Cannon Valley: trail improvements

For improvements to trail access facilities and storm water infrastructure.
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Blazing Star State Trail
March 5, 2019
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Blazing Star: trail extension

Complete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State Park and to the city of Hayward.
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sunset over lake
February 28, 2019
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Monumental Public Lands Act Passed by Congress

The passage of the Natural Resources Management Act in Congress is a monumental success for the protection of our nation’s public lands, and specifically parks and trails in Minnesota. The Act passed the House on Feb. 26 in a landslide 363-62 vote, two weeks after …

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Hayes Lake on sunny fall day
February 28, 2019
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Update on DNR’s planning process for OHV campground in NW MN

The DNR expects to release its final location recommendation for building an off-highway vehicle campground (OHVs, see definition) in northwestern Minnesota in late March. This extends the original anticipated timeline from February. The DNR received nearly 1,400 comments during the public-input period of Nov. 26 …

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screenshot of webpage with 2018 investment projects
May 31, 2018
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Nineteen projects receive funding during 2018 legislative session

Overall, the 2018 legislative session was a fairly good one for parks and trails. On May 30, Gov. Dayton signed the bonding bill, which included funding for 19 of the 25 projects we were advocating for in our legislative agenda this year. Projects receiving full …

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May 31, 2018
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2018 Legislative Recap

The 2018 legislative session closed with a flurry of activity over its final weekend, and a host of bills were passed in the final hours of session that impact Minnesota’s parks and trails. Now that the legislature is adjourned until next year and all the …

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Hiker amidst tall trees on the Superior HIking Trail
May 30, 2018
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Superior Hiking: trail enhancements

Planning for enhancement projects and creating a map-based inventory, and updating trail maintenance standards.

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Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead
May 30, 2018
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Glendalough: center & trailhead

Project Overview: A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park.
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forested foreground with Lake Pepin center
May 30, 2018
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

Project 1: Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail. Project 2: Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.
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May 30, 2018
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Harmony-Preston: trail development

Project Overview: Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border.
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Turkeys cross the Munger Trail
May 30, 2018
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Chester Woods: trail development

Build a trail connecting Rochester to Chester Woods Regional Park

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