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Two women with three children all on bicycles
October 14, 2020
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Trail building update: Swedish Immigrant Trail connects into Interstate State Park

On a perfect fall day on October 10, a small group of people gathered for a ribbon-cutting for the newest half-mile segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail. This extension is small in length, but big in impact as it connects into Interstate State Park with giant maple trees and dramatic ravines.
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October 14, 2020
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Wildlife Hospital

Details Hear from Tami Vogel, the Communication's Director for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville. This webinar was sponsored by Whitewater State Park and Friends of Whitewater. More Webinar Recordings
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ResearchBike on Lake Wobegon Trail
October 12, 2020
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Our ResearchBike pedals in key data for Saint Cloud trails

Discerning an objective rating for a trail condition can be a daunting project—something Parks & Trails Council (P&TC) learned when we first undertook the task for our 2017 State of the Trails Report.
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October 7, 2020
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Membership Tracking Template

Details This virtual training shows how to use the membership data tracking template. Download the Excel template and walk through how to enter, evaluate, and export data. More Webinar Recordings
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Sunset over a reedy lake
October 6, 2020
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Lake 21 now fully encompassed within Sibley State Park

Lake 21 is serene, wilderness-like place whose fate is now secured to remain that way. On October 5, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) sold land to the MnDNR that brings the entire shoreline of this lake under the management of Sibley State Park.
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Five adults working with clippers and gloves near rock mound
October 2, 2020
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Meet the Friends of Blue Mounds State Park

When Blue Mounds State Park’s lost its swimming lake to a flood in June 2014, there was robust debate about whether to rebuild the dam that created the lake. The ultimate decision to not rebuild led to the formation of a citizen advisory group in 2017. Their goal: plan the park’s new future.
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September 22, 2020
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Youth Field Trips

Details Hear from four different friends groups about their experiences with coordinating youth field trips at parks and trails. More Webinar Recordings
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September 16, 2020
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Citizen Science

Details Hear from Andrea Laurek Strauss with UofM Extension about what citizen science is, why it's important, and how you can become a citizen scientist! Organized by Whitewater State Park and Friends of Whitewater State Park More Webinar Recordings
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August 26, 2020
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Nature Play Areas

Details Learn about Nature Play Areas from Stacy Smith with DNR Parks and Trails. Hear from Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park about their experience, helping to plan, design, and construct a nature play area at their park. More Webinar Recordings
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Rock strewn across lake at the headewaters
August 24, 2020
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Shoreline restoration project planned for Mississippi Headwaters in Itasca State Park

The work will restore the original river channel width and stabilize the streambank at the headwaters site. The project is designed to minimize closure time to accommodate park visitors. Work will begin early October after the peak tourism season. Access to the site will be restricted for a five-day period.
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cover of newsletter shows two bicyclists
August 17, 2020
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Special Places Newsletter – Summer 2020

E.D. Letter | Board member reflection | Frontenac State Park Project | Legislative Session Recap | Outdoors news briefs | In memory of a park manager | Photo Contest & Scavenger Hunts | Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail
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July 28, 2020
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Stalled bonding bills leaves key projects unlikely this year

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up their second special session on July 21 without passing a much anticipated public construction package, which would have funded numerous park and trail projects. Now, all hope rests on a third special session, which Gov. Walz will likely call in August to extend his peacetime emergency powers.
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three volunteers building a bench
July 28, 2020
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Volunteers persist in improving the trail they built

The Gateway State Trail exists thanks to the vision and persistence of a small group of residents, who in 1980, rallied to convert a recently abandoned stretch of the Soo Line railroad into a non-motorized trail.
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July 23, 2020
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Master Naturalists

Details Learn about the Master Naturalists program from the Statewide Program Director, Amy Rager. Hear from two friends groups about how they are already collaborating with Master Naturalist volunteers. More Webinar Recordings
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Shower building that opened in 2020
July 23, 2020
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Campground improvements greet campers at Temperance River State Park

From MnDNR A new energy efficient shower building has opened in the upper campground at Temperance River State Park on Minnesota’s North Shore. The 1,500 square-foot building, which serves the park’s 57 campsites, incorporates solar-thermal water heating, LED lighting and low-flow water fixtures to maximize …

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