Friends Groups

boy biycling along trail
October 11, 2016
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Mill Towns State Trail Segment Opens

Like a puzzle, the newest segment of the Mill Towns State Trail involved many pieces fitting together—just so—to complete the picture. Talks began in 2010 between the DNR, three private landowners, two counties, managers of a dam and a highway. This year, with the commitment of trail proponents, the pieces came together to make a great addition to the state trail system.
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closeup of understory flower
October 1, 2016
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Getting more people into the woods

In the three years that Nerstrand Big Woods State Park has made friends with a group of committed volunteers, the park has seen skyrocketing visitor numbers. It could be coincidence, good weather, or part of the system-wide trend, but the park manager says the friends …

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Group walking through prairie and looking at plants
September 13, 2016
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Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.As fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and ...
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Group of volunteers from Sibley State Park Imrprovement Association sitting around
September 1, 2016
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Sibley State Park Improvement Association

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group and act as fiscal sponsor for their land acquisition fund..As fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause by receiving, holding and administering land acquisition funds on behalf of the friends group. ...
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Steve Nelson and Lisa Malmstrom stand by poster for Glendalough Park Partners
August 18, 2016
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Glendalough Park Partners

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Glendalough Park Partners Mission To assist the MnDNR in preserving and utilizing Glendalough State Park. Key Activities Raise community funds ...
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Norwegian style shelter along the Shooting Star Trail
August 18, 2016
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Prairie Visions/Friends of Shooting Star State Trail

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Prairie Visions/Friends of the Shooting Star State Trail Mission For 25 years the main activity has been in supporting the ...
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August 9, 2016
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DNR acquires six miles for Mill Towns State Trail

MnDNR News Release - The Department of Natural Resources has acquired nearly 6 miles of railroad property for the Mill Towns State Trail between Faribault and Dundas in Rice County.
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Dam washout
June 22, 2016
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DNR Release: DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam

The Department of Natural Resources has decided against rebuilding the dam and lake reservoir at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, citing concerns about water quality, endangered species and other factors.
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Purple wildflowers on trail with sunset
June 1, 2016
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Building a trail to connect pastoral towns

In 1990, community leaders in southern Minnesota wanted to preserve the area’s natural and historic resources while creating a sustainable economy. They soon formed a group to focus on this goal. Since then, the group has been diligently working, along with Parks & Trails Council …

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Minnesota State Capitol Dome
May 23, 2016
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Legislative Session Closes with Mixed Results for Parks & Trails

The 2016 Legislative Session came to a close late Sunday with a flurry of activity as legislators worked to pass bills before the mandatory midnight deadline. While legislators were able to strike deals on a supplemental budget and a tax bill, the two sides couldn’t …

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March 30, 2016
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Dave Lais

Lifelong park manager to the core

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Two people kneeling to install playground structure
February 19, 2016
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Friends of Itasca State Park

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Friends of Itasca State Park Mission An all-volunteer group that raises money for projects that are needed at the park. ...
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Bee on purple flower
February 16, 2016
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Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails look to make city pollinator friendly

From Forest Lake Times Members of the Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails are trying to make the city more desirable for pollinating bugs, such as butterflies and bees.
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February 1, 2016
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Rep. Schomacker receives legislator of distinction award

District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker was honored Feb. 24 as a Legislator of Distinction by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota during its advocacy day at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul.
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hiker in winter on boardwalk
December 28, 2015
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Friends of Anderson Park

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is proud to act as the fiscal sponsor for Friends of Anderson Park.As fiscal sponsor, we partner to advance their cause and provide the tools and building blocks to run a nonprofit, including receiving, holding and administering funds on ...
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