State Trail Friends

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
August 14, 2019

Border Bike: The Official Interstate Ride IA/MN on August 24

Bike the to the border and beyond! Prairie Visions is supporting the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail Association in hosting an Iowa to Minnesota bike ride. The event includes multiple bike route options. Family Route: 22 miles round trip, entirely on the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail ...
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Border Bike Ride banner with trail
July 31, 2019

Gitchi-Gami’s Annual Bike Ride – Through the Years

This year's ride On August 17, 2019, Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) will host its 19th Annual North Shore Bike Ride. The recreational ride starts at Gooseberry Falls State Park and takes you along the scenic Gitchi-Gami State Trail. There are multiple route options: 55-mile, 34-mile, ...
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Bike ride info over picture of tandem riders coming over a bridge
July 31, 2019

Friends steadfast support continues to help trail

The Gitchi-Gami Trail Association (GGTA) continues to bolster support for and development of the state trail along Minnesota's North Shore. When completed, the trail will run for approximately 86 miles, from Two Harbors to Grand Marais (see map). Currently, just over 30 miles are completed ...
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Two people biking on a paved path
July 23, 2019

Heartland Trail Spur gets county support

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee A member of the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee presented a resolution in support for the Heartland Spur Trail at a county commissioners meeting, which was approved unanimously by the board of commissioners. Read the full article in the ...
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bicyclists on trail in Dorset
June 24, 2019

Youth Engagement Grant Awards – Round 1

Five volunteer-led friends groups will implement youth engagement projects at state parks and trails this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include organizing field trips, hosting recreation opportunities, and developing hands-on ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
June 6, 2019

Rail Trails 100: Shuttle out, ride your bike back! (8/3)

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association Saturday, August 3, 2019  |  Fergus Falls, MN The Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails offer some of the best trail riding in the state of Minnesota, and this is your chance to conquer both of them in one day! ...
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group of riders under the St. Joseph sign
May 29, 2019

Bridge installed across Cannon River for the Mill Towns State Trail

From Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail A bridge was put into place on Friday, May 24 on the west side of Hwy 21 over the Cannon River for the Mill Towns State Trail. Once complete, the bridge and newly constructed section of trail ...
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crane installing a trail bridge over a river
May 22, 2019

[CANCELLED] Trail Family Fun Day on the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail on July 13

From Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association [CANCELLED] Saturday, July 13, 9 am to 12pm Get out on the trail for some summer fun, adventure, and a scavenger hunt! The Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association is hosting a family fun day on Saturday, July 13. Guests will enjoy ...
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Gateway horses and bikers
May 9, 2019

Support, volunteers welcome for Heartland Spur Trail project

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee A member of the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee wrote a Letter to the Editor highlighting an overview of the spur trail development. Read this letter in The Park Rapids Enterprise May 4 edition: "Support, volunteers welcome for Heartland ...
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
April 25, 2019

Engineering Study Slated for Heartland Trail Spur

Our Friends Group Partner, the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee, has been advocating for the development of a trail connecting the Heartland State Trail into Itasca State Park.Read about their progress in The Park Rapids Enterprise April 24 article:"Engineering study slated for Heartland Trail Spur"
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My husband and son on a bike trip. They started out in Itasca State Park, then biked on to the Mi-Gi-Zi, Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails and into Minneapolis.
March 5, 2019

Chester Woods Trail Group Builds Relationships with Elected Officials

Over the years, the Chester Woods Trail Group has recognized the value of building and maintaining relationships with elected officials. Working with State Legislators When the group came together back in the mid-90s, they started connecting with their state representatives. One recommendation from their representatives ...
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Group picture with Rep. Nils Pierson.