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January 8, 2018
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Friends of Scandia Activities in 2017

From Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails In 2017, Friends of Scandia implemented a number of initiatives, including educational programs, supporting Scandia Parks, and participating in events. See below for a quick review. Educational Programs Our activities for 2017 were focused on three educational programs. ...
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January 5, 2018
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Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park

By Friends of Lake Maria MONTICELLO — Please join the Friends of Lake Maria for our annual Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday January 20, 2018. A number of indoor and outdoor events are planned, …

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Swimming area at Camden by Jon Wood
January 3, 2018
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Plans focus on upgrading Camden residence

By Marshall Independent LYND — The Minnesota State Park System is working toward a plan that will re-purpose Jason Holm’s boyhood home. Plans are in place to convert the former park manager’s residence into a guesthouse. It will be available to families, youth groups, community …

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December 18, 2017
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Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission announces Legacy Grant Recommendations for FY19

By The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission was established in 2013 to carry out system planning and provide recommendations to the legislature for grants funded by the Legacy Parks and Trails fund to counties and ...
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December 15, 2017
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DNR solicits 2018 park and trail grant applications

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division is accepting applications for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic areas, regional trails, local trail connections and federal recreational trails. These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the …

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December 15, 2017
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DNR Volunteer Opportunities: Lighting candles and more

The Minnesota DNR is looking for volunteers for a variety of opportunities across the state including assisting with several candlelight ski/walk events at Fort Snelling, Frontenac, Lake Carlos and Gooseberry Falls State Parks. Other opportunities include assisting with conducting surveys to monitor spruce grouse populations. …

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November 17, 2017
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Give to the Max Day a Success

We want to send a big thank you to the roughly 180 people who donated to Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota on Give to the Max Day. We made our matching challenge of $16,000 and then people kept giving. By the end of the …

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Group cutting ribbon on new segment of Shooting Star State Trail
October 30, 2017
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Shooting Star State Trail Extended Three Miles

This fall, the Shooting Star State Trail got a little closer to its goal of connecting into the city of Austin. On September 15 a ribbon cutting was held for the 3-mile extension running north from the town of Rose Creek, along County Road 56. …

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October 29, 2017
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Clean up the Park Day

Help prepare trails and park facilities for the winter season. Tools will be provided. Register by calling the park so we can plan the workload.
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Jack O'Lantern
October 26, 2017
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Halloween Howl at Lake Maria

family friendly spooky tales perfect for a chilly fall evening
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October 23, 2017
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2017 Fall Newsletter

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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack nearly complete
September 13, 2017
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Maplewood State Park Sugar Shack Dedication

It's time to say thank you to all who contributed time and money to the project.
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August 2, 2017
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Applications open for $8.6 million in Legacy grants

From MnDNR Groups that want to restore, protect or enhance public land can apply for Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grants that help pay for work on Minnesota prairies, forests, wetlands or other habitat for fish and wildlife. Nonprofit organizations and government entities are eligible to …

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View through trees of Lake Pepin
July 26, 2017
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Adding a new view to Frontenac?

At the border of Frontenac State Park, near it’s entrance, lays 158.82 acres of land that holds outstanding natural beauty and a view to behold. Earlier this year the owner put the land up for sale, thus presenting a small window of opportunity to protect …

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July 15, 2017
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Making Minnesota’s trails count, one person at a time

In 2015, Parks & Trails Council initiated a program to collect data on how many people use Minnesota State Trails. That study was just the start, however, and we’re excited to announce we are expanding the program in 2017 with the addition of automated trail …

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