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Friends Groups

January 10, 2019
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Meet the Sibley State Park Improvement Association

A group of local park supporters, along with an active chapter of the Game Protective League, were key drivers in establishing Sibley State Park in 1919. Then, in 1935, the Sibley State Park Improvement Association was established to help enhance and enlarge the park while also ...
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photographer and horseback riders
January 7, 2019
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Whitewater State Park Turns 100 – Time to Celebrate!

From Friends of Whitewater State Park Mark your calendars—2019 is going to be a busy year at Whitewater. To celebrate the park's 100th birthday, Friends of Whitewater State Park is working with the DNR to organize and facilitate a series of events. Each month features ...
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January 7, 2019
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Brews & BBQ for Blue Mounds

From Friends of Blue Mounds State Park Clear your calendars for January 12th. Friends of Blue Mounds is excited to announce a partnership with Take 16 for a full day of activities! Enjoy a BBQ lunch, bingo and brews before the candlelight hike, and then ...
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Blue Mounds State Park
January 6, 2019
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Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria on Jan. 19, 2019

From Friends of Lake Maria State Park This season's Winter Fun Day at Lake Maria will happen on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Some of the exciting activities happening that day are listed below. A winter camping demonstration, which includes a presentation on Wilderness First Aid ...
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December 27, 2018
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Candlelight Ski Party at Frontenac State Park on Jan. 19

From Frontenac State Park Association - Everyone is invited to Frontenac State Park’s Candlelight Ski / Showshoe / Walk Party on Saturday, January 19th from 5 - 8 p.m. Come join in the annual candlelight event. Enjoy a hike, ski, or snowshoe on 2 different ...
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December 18, 2018
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Meet the Lake Wobegon Trails Association

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association - Lake Wobegon Trails Association exists to promote and enhance the trail and the communities and businesses on the trail. We advocate for continued support of the trail locally, at the state level, and nationally. We work closely with the ...
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November 26, 2018
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Trail connection groundbreaking & other updates about the Mill Towns Trail

From Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, Paul Penansky, Director of Parks & Recreation in Faribault, led us in a ground breaking for the Cannon River bridge which will connect trail from 17th Street to White Sands trail head and ...
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November 26, 2018
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Meet Jackson – Minnesota’s 23rd Bike Friendly Community

From Friends of the Jackson County Trails Throughout the past 20 years, Jackson has enhanced its bicycle culture and connected trail network, which continues to grow. As energy and commitment to the trail network grew in the 90s, the efforts were rewarded with the first ...
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November 26, 2018
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Meet Friends of the Jackson County Trails

From Friends of the Jackson County Trails In 1998, Lynne Anderson, JoAnn Asa, and Wilma Pell got together and wondered why Jackson hasn't done as much with trails as other cities have. They formed the Friends of the Jackson County Trails, made up of a ...
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November 20, 2018
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A Busy Year: Lake Vermilion Trail Receives NPS-RTCA Partner Award

It’s been an eventful year for the Lake Vermilion Trail.  The Lake Vermilion Trail Joint Powers Board, the new entity that will develop, own and manage the planned 40 mile, paved trail in northern St. Louis County, MN, had its first meeting in February 2018.  This new Board is essentially a new local government with one purpose:  the Trail. 
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A man and woman receiving an award by NPS staff
November 20, 2018
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Meet the Lake Vermilion Trail Work Group

More the 30 years ago, the conversation started among residents and the Lake Vermilion Resort Association about the possibility of building a paved, recreational trail to connect people to the beautiful scenery in the Lake Vermilion area.
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Two men standing behind tabling booth
November 19, 2018
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Lake Maria Candlelight Hike on Feb. 2, 2019

From Friends of Lake Maria The trail by candlelight. Photo by Bev Johnson. This event began years ago as a Candlelight Ski event, but due to lack of snow, it's morphed into a hike. Watch the weather though—this year COULD be different! The event is ...
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Snowy Itasca State Park by Jelieta Walinski Ph.D
November 9, 2018
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Celebrate the Mill Towns Trail Groundbreaking

The next phase of construction on the Mill Towns Trail will begin soon. Come join trail supporters on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4pm to celebrate the groundbreaking. The event will be held at the White Sands Trailhead at 900 Lyndale Ave. N in Faribault.

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November 5, 2018
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#OptOutside with Friends of Lake Maria

Celebrate the day after a caloric Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with a healthy and free walk in the park. All Minnesota state parks will waive the $7 daily entrance fee on Friday, November 23, 2018.
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October 25, 2018
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Volunteers Complete Oak Savanna Habitat Restoration Project at Frontenac State Park

The Frontenac State Park Association has finished their project that intends to restore habitat in sections of the park with oak savanna. On a misty morning in October, volunteers planted the final nine trees.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018