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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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walkers practicing social distancing at food break
July 23, 2020
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NSTT: Safely holding a walking event during a pandemic

From NorthStar Trail Travelers So how does a club safely hold a walking event during this pandemic? North Star Trail Travelers (NSTT), a Minnesota club emphasizing walks in Minnesota state parks, held two events on July 18 and 19. Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise State ...
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Landscape view looking over forest and lakes
July 17, 2020
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Major land project completed for Frontenac State park

Frontenac State Park is known for awe-inspiring blufftop views of Lake Pepin. And a recent addition of 159 acres at the southwest border brings another magnificent blufftop view to the park.
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June 22, 2020
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DNR announces changes to camping and lodging reservation window

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is shortening its window for making reservations for camping and lodging to 120 days, or four months. Previously, customers could reserve campsites, cabins, yurts, tipis, and lodging facilities up to one year in advance. The change will take effect on July 1, 2020.
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Father and daughter look over lake Superior with bikes
June 8, 2020
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DNR Guest Post from Oliver Liu: North Shore Update

Amidst Arielle Courtney's parental leave, we'll hear from some DNR staff across Minnesota to hear their perspectives. Oliver Liu is the Area 2C Specialist, working on paved trails and water trails out of Two Harbors. Read his story for an update on what's happening on ...
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June 3, 2020
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Some State Park campgrounds have begun a phased reopening

As of June 1, the MnDNR reopened 38 state park campgrounds with limited services. Additionally, some camper cabins and yurts have reopened. In general, the opened campgrounds have water systems and vault toilets/porta-toilets available. However, some showers, ranger stations and other value-added amenities and services …

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June 1, 2020
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We join the call for justice in Minnesota

Minnesota is experiencing heartbreaking pain right now as the years of injustice, discrimination and racism that have been felt by people of color for generations has come to a boiling point with the brutal death of George Floyd. We join those calling for justice. We keep our eyes open to this suffering so we can understand and contribute toward the healing.
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Chester Woods Park sign
May 26, 2020
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Connecting with the Community through the Radio

Friends of Chester Woods found an interesting way to connect with their broader community—through the radio. We'll take a journey through the behind-the-scenes process that brought them on air. KRPR 89.9 is a Classic Rock radio station in Rochester, and every two weeks they host ...
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May 21, 2020
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Legislature adjourns with much at stake in Special Session

When the Legislature adjourned on May 18, it did so without passing either a Bonding bill or a LCCMR bill – two of the most critical items of interest to all Parks & Trails advocates and supporters. Disagreements over the pandemic response and the size …

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May 18, 2020
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Status of 2020 Legislative Priority – Infrastructure

Fix critical infrastructure in state parks and trails One of our priorities during the 2020 Legislature is to address the backlog of maintenance for state parks and trails buildings and other assets, such as shower buildings, trail bridges, water systems, etc. The agency’s assessment shows ...
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Minnesota State Capitol
May 6, 2020
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Time to urge legislators to support parks and trails

Now that the four Minnesota House and Senate caucus leaders have agreed to a midnight, Saturday, May 9 deadline for bills, we are expecting a flurry of activity as lawmakers race to complete a long list of priorities, including the omnibus bonding and tax bills. Of particular interest will be whether or not the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate can reconcile significant partisan differences to pass these bills.
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Cabin in woods with graphics overlaid
April 30, 2020
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Minnesota State Parks are open for day-use only. How does that compare to other states?

On Thursday, the DNR extended state park campground closures through May 18 to be consistent with Gov. Walz’s stay-at-home order. Most state park systems across the country have similar policies in place.
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April 27, 2020
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Trail use has surged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of normal life. Over 300 million Americans, representing 95 percent of the population, are under stay-at-home orders. All across the country, in an effort to slow the spread of this deadly disease, public officials have closed everything from museums to libraries to concert halls to restaurants and bars.
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April 10, 2020
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Friends of Lake Maria State Park

Providing public and youth engagement opportunities
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