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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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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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icon of person digging
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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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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