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Advocacy News

May 31, 2018
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Nineteen projects receive funding during 2018 legislative session

Overall, the 2018 legislative session was a fairly good one for parks and trails. On May 30, Gov. Dayton signed the bonding bill, which included funding for 19 of the 25 projects we were advocating for in our legislative agenda this year. Projects receiving full …

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screenshot of webpage with 2018 investment projects
May 31, 2018
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2018 Legislative Recap

The 2018 legislative session closed with a flurry of activity over its final weekend, and a host of bills were passed in the final hours of session that impact Minnesota’s parks and trails. Now that the legislature is adjourned until next year and all the …

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May 30, 2018
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Superior Hiking: trail enhancements

Planning for enhancement projects and creating a map-based inventory, and updating trail maintenance standards.

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Hiker amidst tall trees on the Superior HIking Trail
May 30, 2018
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Glendalough: center & trailhead

Project Overview: A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park.
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Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead
May 30, 2018
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

Project 1: Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail. Project 2: Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.
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May 30, 2018
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Harmony-Preston: trail development

Project Overview: Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border.
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May 30, 2018
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Chester Woods: trail development

Build a trail connecting Rochester to Chester Woods Regional Park

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Turkeys cross the Munger Trail
May 30, 2018
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Minneopa: land acquisition

To acquire 80 acres within Minneopa State Park along a key habitat corridor

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Bison at Minneopa State Park September 2017 by Sheryl Hindermann
May 30, 2018
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Metro Projects: capitol improvements

To improve and expand Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails

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May 30, 2018
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Mill Towns: trail development

For acquisition and design of the Mill Towns State Trail between the cities of Faribault and Waterford.

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boy biycling along trail
May 30, 2018
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State Parks: rehab

Renew state park visitor facilities that have fallen into disrepair.

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May 30, 2018
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Gitchi-Gami: trail development

Build a 1.2-mile trail extension into Tofte.

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bicyclists on Gitchi Gami with Lake Superior in back
May 30, 2018
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Local Projects: grants

Grants for regional and local parks and trails to fund four grant programs that have historically been managed by the MnDNR:

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May 30, 2018
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Wagon Wheel: trail extension

Extend trail to the river by building a trail bridge and safety improvements, connecting downtown La Crescent to the Mississippi River.

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newly paved segment of Wagon Wheel Trail
May 30, 2018
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Sibley: land acquisition

Incorporate 16 acres of land within Sibley State Park that Parks & Trails Council purchased in 2017 and worked with Sibley State Park Improvement Association to restore.

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