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Friends Groups

three volunteers building a bench
July 28, 2020
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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 convert a recently abandoned stretch of the Soo Line railroad into a non-motorized trail.
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walkers practicing social distancing at food break
July 23, 2020
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NSTT: Safely holding a walking event during a pandemic

From NorthStar Trail Travelers So how does a club safely hold a walking event during this pandemic? North Star Trail Travelers (NSTT), a Minnesota club emphasizing walks in Minnesota state parks, held two events on July 18 and 19. Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise State ...
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bird statues in the prairie
July 13, 2020
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Family fun to be found during county park scavenger hunt

From Friends of Anderson Park Friends of Anderson Park partners with P&TC to offer a Scavenger Hunt activity for their park. Read the article in County News Review July 9 edition: "Family fun to be found during county park scavenger hunt" Photo: Courtesy of Zach ...
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Tree trunks
July 7, 2020
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July 2020 Newsletter – Friends of Nerstrand

From Friends Nerstrand Big Woods State Park In This Issue Park update Book review of "Nature's Best Hope" by Douglas W. Tallamy Meet the new manager Help wanted Upcoming events Photo by: Stephanie Moss/P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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June 17, 2020
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“Through the Gateway” Spring/Summer Newsletter

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's letter DNR update Facebook and social media update Earth Day event Gateway to Scandia extension Frog and toad calls on the trail Luv Ice Cream feature Photo by: Scott Eggert Click to download Go to ...
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Father and daughter look over lake Superior with bikes
June 8, 2020
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DNR Guest Post from Oliver Liu: North Shore Update

Amidst Arielle Courtney's parental leave, we'll hear from some DNR staff across Minnesota to hear their perspectives. Oliver Liu is the Area 2C Specialist, working on paved trails and water trails out of Two Harbors. Read his story for an update on what's happening on ...
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Glendalough State Park
May 26, 2020
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Tracks & Trails – 100th Newsletter Issue

From Glendalough Park Partners In This Issue Note from original newsletter editors Partnership with the Sentencing to Serve Program Exploring Glendalough's "Sense of Place" Facebook page debut Remembering Pam President's Remarks Jeff's Jottings Photo by: Lisa Filter Click to read full newsletter Go to friends' ...
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Chester Woods Park sign
May 26, 2020
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Connecting with the Community through the Radio

Friends of Chester Woods found an interesting way to connect with their broader community—through the radio. We'll take a journey through the behind-the-scenes process that brought them on air. KRPR 89.9 is a Classic Rock radio station in Rochester, and every two weeks they host ...
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May 26, 2020
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Fall/Winter 2019 Newsletter Updates

From Friends of Blue Mounds State Park In This Issue Notes from the Naturalist Park Notes Grants Update Photo Corner Photo by: Tanya O'Leary Click to Read Full Newsletter Go to friends' main page
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Bicyclist on paved trail approaching a bridge
May 14, 2020
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GBCTA Seeks Two Board Officers: Webmaster and Newsletter Editor

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association The GBCTA is looking for trail-enthusiasts willing to share their talents and time fulfilling key roles within the board. We are currently seeking a Webmaster and incoming Editor in Training for the chapter newsletter. Find the descriptions and responsibilities ...
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May 7, 2020
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Friends groups creatively connect people to their parks through activities

Friends groups thrive on bringing people together within the park or trail they support. They organize educational events, volunteer work days, and social gatherings. Now, within the context of social distancing guidelines, friends groups are getting creative in how they are connecting their community with ...
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Goats roaming at the park
April 13, 2020
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Goats are Taking Over Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods What’s more fun than watching goats at play? How about watching goats accomplishing much needed work for the parks while they do their goat ‘thing’? Faced with overwhelming amounts of invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle and overgrown brush in the park, Friends ...
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volunteer in a bright yellow vest
April 10, 2020
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Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Providing public and youth engagement opportunities
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bridge re-decking over water
April 8, 2020
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Spring 2020 News at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods In This Issue Goats for invasive species Bridge decking Volunteer hours in 2019 25th Anniversary of park Photo by: Friends of Chester Woods Click to view full story Go to friends' main page
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Volunteers raking dirt to restore prairie plants
April 2, 2020
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April Newsletter – Friends of Nertrand Big Woods

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park In This Issue At the Park Now Nature News: Monarchs Join Us Planned Events Photo: Courtesy of Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Click to Download Go to friends' main page
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