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Blue Mounds State Park by Debbie Kippen
October 11, 2016
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Interview with Debbie Kippen, winner of 2016 photo contest

Debbie Kippen spends a lot of time in Minnesota state parks; she is just one park visit away from having hiked every one. And she says each one is special. In August, Kippen was awarded the first place honor in our photo contest. We chatted ...
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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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iPhone mounted on bike handlebars
October 10, 2016
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Assessing the condition of Minnesota’s trails, one mile at a time

Have you ever been riding along one of Minnesota’s beautiful bicycle trails when, thud, a jarring bump shakes your entire frame? Well, you’re not alone. Staff, board members and volunteers from Parks & Trails Council have been spending the summer out on the trails, feeling—and recording—these bumps ourselves.
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Mill Towns State Trail - Byllesby Bridge
October 7, 2016
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2016 Fall Newsletter

Inside this issue: The E.D. on OHVs 125 years timeline of Minnesota State Parks Assessing trail conditions
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August 17, 2016
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Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission announces 2016 designations

For more information visit the GMRPTC website

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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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August 3, 2016
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Citizen advisory committee appointed to explore future of Fort Ridgely State Park

DNR News Release - The Department of Natural Resources has appointed 15 people to a citizen advisory committee that will make recommendations about how to expand statewide interest in Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax in southern Minnesota after its golf course closes on Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day.
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Mike Tegeder
July 11, 2016
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In Memory of Mike Tegeder

It is with great sadness that we share that our past president, Mike Tegeder, 67, died in the early morning of July 9. He leaves a legacy of dedication and preservation of Minnesota’s parks and trails, among his many accomplishments. He was diagnosed with cancer in February.
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July 8, 2016
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Major blowdown spurs plans for a new future at St. Croix State Park

This spring planners began the process to create a master plan for St. Croix, which is the largest state park in Minnesota. Having been created before the master plan was a requirement, this will actually be the first plan for the park. This plan will be significant for another reason too. The DNR recently designated St. Croix as a “destination” park and lead planner Jade Templin explained that this “gives us our first chance to incorporate the new idea of a destination park into a plan and more fully develop what it means.”
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July 7, 2016
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2016 Summer Newsletter

Inside this issue: Legislative recap Itasca turns 125 years old St. Croix State Park Planning Underway Meet a Friend: Prairie Visions
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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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June 17, 2016
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DNR Release: DNR extends Fort Ridgely State Park golf season to Sept. 5

Rivers also announced the DNR is forming a citizen advisory committee that will be consulted on future development of the park. “While the DNR will no longer provide golfing at Fort Ridgely State Park, we are committed to managing and investing in this historically significant site at one of Minnesota’s oldest state parks,” Rivers said. “Fort Ridgely is among our core state parks because of its natural landscape and historic significance, and we want to engage the public in re-imagining how we can re-invigorate this special place for all Minnesotans.”
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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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May 16, 2016
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2015 Annual Report Released

Join us for a brief stroll down memory lane, with our 2015 Annual Report. It was a great year when members helped us add 108 acres to Banning State Park that will protect unique boulders along the scenic Kettle River and much more.
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May 2, 2016
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Legislative Update: Senate releases bonding proposal

The Senate released their bonding bill this morning with a proposal to spend $1.8 billion on public infrastructure projects across the state. The Senate plan includes significantly more park and trail projects than did the governor’s $1.4 billion proposal. Specifically, the Senate proposal includes: $33 …

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