State Trail Friends

October 11, 2016

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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boy biycling along trail
August 18, 2016

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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Norwegian style shelter along the Shooting Star Trail
August 9, 2016

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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June 1, 2016

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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Purple wildflowers on trail with sunset
May 23, 2016

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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Minnesota State Capitol Dome
February 1, 2016

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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October 24, 2015

Bit by bit these friends are helping build a trail

Today the Gitchi Gami State Trail, while still in progress, is one of the most iconic trails in Minnesota, as it winds along the North Shore with majestic views of Lake Superior. Yet when a group of locals got together in the mid-1990s to discuss the idea of a trail, that’s all it was: an idea in the minds of a group of locals.
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Two men standing on the trail
October 22, 2015

Friends of the Mill Towns 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. Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail Mission Support the continued development of the Mill Towns State Trail. Friends Since ...
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October 1, 2015

Friends group forms for Luce Line Trail

These Friends are a collection of community leaders and trail enthusiasts from the areas around Hutchinson and Winsted in Central Minnesota, about 60 miles due west from the Twin Cities. While they have been busy with the logistics of starting a friends group
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bicyclists gathered at trailhead
August 26, 2015

Gitchi-Gami Trail Association

Parks & Trails Council is proud to partner with this independent friends group.Parks & Trails Council cannot accept donations on behalf of this friends group. Gitchi-Gami Trail Association Mission Work with MnDOT and DNR in the planning, development, construction, maintenance, and promotion of the trail, ...
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Two men standing on the trail
June 13, 2015

Mississippi Blufflands: Trail Authorized

This bill authorizes the establishment of a new state trail originating at the Cannon Valley Trail in Red Wing, MN and extending southeasterly along the Mississippi River through Frontenac State Park and ending in Lake City, MN. Additionally, the bill appropriates
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June 13, 2015

Harmony-Preston Valley: Trail Extension

This bill authorizes the DNR to extend the Preston-Harmony State Trail to the Iowa border, with a connection to Niagara Cave.
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June 2, 2015

Grand Opening of Brown’s Creek State Trail

Saturday, June 6 from 9am - 1pm is the grand opening of the Brown's Creek State Trail. The celebration will include five naturalist stations along the trail with activities to learn about the natural resources. The ribbon cutting will begin at 10am at the Stillwater trailhead and will include speaches, kids activities and music.
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Browns Creek State Trail trailhead
February 26, 2015

Funding for Casey Jones State Trail

This bill would have appropriated $846,000 in bond proceeds for the continued development of the Casey Jones State Trail in southwestern Minnesota. Bill title: Casey Jones Trail funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated Bill Number: HF 641 & SF 581 House Authors: Schomacker; Hamilton; Swedzinski Senate …

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October 20, 2014

Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association

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 the Casey Jones Trail Association Mission Advocate for the continued development of the trail. Friends Since Groundwork for the ...
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Members of the Friends of Casey Jones