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Friends Groups

Five adults working with clippers and gloves near rock mound
October 2, 2020
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Meet the Friends of Blue Mounds State Park

When Blue Mounds State Park’s lost its swimming lake to a flood in June 2014, there was robust debate about whether to rebuild the dam that created the lake. The ultimate decision to not rebuild led to the formation of a citizen advisory group in 2017. Their goal: plan the park’s new future.
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September 25, 2020
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“The Maple Leaf” Fall 2020

From Friends of Maplewood State Park In This Issue COVID update History of the friends group Manager update Candlelight event recap Annual meeting cancellation notice Photo: Alison Christensen / P&TC photo contest Click to read full newsletter Go to friends' main page
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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass
September 14, 2020
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GBCTA Member Update

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association Member Update: September 12, 2020 Fall on the trail is a soul-soothing experience. As summer fades away, we hope you continue to spend time on the trail taking in the hues of gold and red and the last of ...
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Bicyclist on paved trail approaching a bridge
September 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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nature play area feature
September 3, 2020
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Exploring the Nature Play Areas at Chester Woods Park

From Friends of Chester Woods After participating in P&TC's webinar about nature play areas, Ernie with the Friends of Chester Woods decided to put together a video that highlights the nature play areas at Chester Woods Park. Tune in to the video below to learn ...
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Bike along the trail
September 1, 2020
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Trail group continues steadfast support amidst pandemic, refreshes logo

Meet the Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association Recently, the friends group played a crucial role in helping to advocate for funding needed to design, engineer, and pave (most) of a five-mile section of the Casey Jones State Trail. This new segment of ...
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Man fishing on dock with sunrise peeking over lake
August 31, 2020
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Friends of Lake Shetek Newsletter – August 2020

From Friends of Lake Shetek State Park In This Issue Become a member 14th Annual Pumpkin Festival Recent projects Friends group workshop Photo: Peggy Hubley/P&TC Photo Contest Click to download Go to friends' main page
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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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