State Trail Friends

February 3, 2021

2019-2020 Youth Engagement Grant Projects In Review

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council launched a grant program designed as a partnership with friends groups to engage youth in parks and trails. In this first year of the program we began working with eight friends groups who identified innovative ways to engage youth ...
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Kids bike away from the park building
January 14, 2021

Through the Gateway – Winter 2021

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's letter DNR update Salamander mystery Project updates Photo by:  Click image to view Go to friends' main page
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September 14, 2020

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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Man in biking outfit stands in tall grass
September 14, 2020

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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Bicyclist on paved trail approaching a bridge
September 1, 2020

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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Bike along the trail
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 convert a recently abandoned stretch of the Soo Line railroad into a non-motorized trail.
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three volunteers building a bench
June 17, 2020

“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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June 8, 2020

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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Father and daughter look over lake Superior with bikes
March 4, 2020

Partnerships and advocacy for the Mill Towns State Trail

Since the late 90s, Friends of the Mill Towns Trail has garnered support for the Mill Towns State Trail. A common thread throughout their history reveals strong partnerships as a key driver in the accomplishments so far. Partnerships at work First and foremost, the friends ...
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boy biycling along trail
January 23, 2020

GBCTA Seeks New Vice President

From Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association The GBCTA wishes to fill the position of Association Vice President. This is a volunteer position, and this person shall be a member of the Association. The Vice President is an Officer in the Association, as well as serving on ...
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Bicyclists riding at underpass
January 4, 2020

Through the Gateway – Newsletter Fall/Winter 2019

From Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association In This Issue President's message Board changes Hadley Interchange ribbon cutting Upcoming events Project recaps Interview with Dorian Grilley Photo: Courtesy of Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association Click to view full newsletter Go to friends' main page
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three skiers
October 11, 2019

Getting youth outdoors by partnering with Friends Groups

School is back in session. And for some lucky students this fall, their classroom happened to be a park or trail for a day.
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Fifth-graders explore the woods at Lake Maria
October 9, 2019

Silver Bay Students Bike to Split Rock

From Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Gitchi-Gami Trail Association received a grant from Parks & Trails Council to partner with a local school for a bike field trip on a state trail and to a state park. Read the article in the Lake County News Chronicle October ...
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group picture on bikes back at school
September 17, 2019

Itasca-Heartland Trail Spur Receives Utke’s Support

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee The Heartland Trail Itasca Spur Citizen Committee is working with Sen. Utke to make a $10 million bonding request at the state legislature in 2020. Read the article in the Park Rapids Enterprise September 15 edition: "Itasca-Heartland Trail Spur ...
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Aerial shot of bikers on trail
August 22, 2019

William Kelley Students Combine Cycling with Science

From Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Gitchi-Gami Trail Association received a $1,000 youth engagement grant from Parks & Trails Council. They are partnering with William Kelley school to get kids on bikes for a field trip on the Gitchi-Gami Trail and to a nearby state park. Learn ...
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Bikes and people in front of Continental Ski & Bike Shop