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March 27, 2018
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ATV bill has new number and moved to new committee

In an uncommon move, the bill that would allow all-terrain vehicles into two state parks, which we have strongly opposed, has been replaced with a new bill number. The language remains the same, but it is now bill HF4211. We continue to be opposed to …

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March 19, 2018
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Friends of Wild River State Park and area school students are a perfect match

CHISAGO — Friends of Wild River State Park has partnered with the Chisago Lake School District Life Work Center (LWC) to engage with students in the outdoors, in safe and enjoyable ways, during all seasons. At their annual meeting and pancake breakfast, the Friends Group …

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March 15, 2018
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail planning

Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail.

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Group shot of the 2018 Day on the Hill attendees
March 9, 2018
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Friends from around the state gather for Day on the Hill

On March 8, some 60 parks and trails supporters from across the state gathered for Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota's annual Day on the Hill event.
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March 7, 2018
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Our Testimony Opposing ATVs in State Parks

The following testimony was read by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s executive director on Tuesday, March 6 at the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.   Chair Fabian, and members of the committee, My name is Brett Feldman. I’m the executive director …

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Woman pointing to "No ATVs Permitted" sign along Taconite State Trail
March 7, 2018
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Testifying against new bill that opens state parks to ATVs

A bill (HF 3142) has been introduced this session at the State Capitol that would open up two state parks to motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). On Tuesday, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota testified against the bill during the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and …

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Biker with pine trees and exposed rock in background
February 26, 2018
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Gitchi Gami: trail development into Lutsen

Build a 1.5 mile trail extension into Lutsen, plus planning and design costs for other segments.

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February 22, 2018
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Goodhue Pioneer: trail development (bonding)

For acquisition and development of the Goodhue Pioneer State Trail from Zumbrota to Red Wing.

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February 9, 2018
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2018 Grant Guide Released

No need to spend hours online trying to find these opportunities--we've compiled it all here in our 2018 Grant Guide.
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February 1, 2018
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2018 Winter Newsletter

Inside this issue: 2018 Legislative Agenda Land project look back: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Letter from Brett: Hope and fear in 2018 New Friends Group Coordinator In memory of Betty and Roy Meyer Our upcoming events: Day on the Hill and Annual Dinner Other …

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January 29, 2018
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Candlelight Hike at Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria State Park’s annual Candlelight Hike will be held on Saturday, February 3,2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An approximately one-mile of trail through the Lake Maria forest will be lit by candle luminaries.  The trail begins and ends at the heated trail …

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Woman skiing at Frontenac
January 10, 2018
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Frontenac State Park Association to Host Candlelight Ski Party Jan 27

From Frontenac State Park Association Everyone is invited to Frontenac State Park’s Candlelight Ski / Showshoe / Walk Party on Saturday January 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. Come join in the annual candlelight event. Enjoy a hike, ski, or snowshoe on 2 different lit …

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group picture
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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