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State Trail Friends

June 24, 2019
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Youth Engagement Grant Awards – Round 1

Five volunteer-led friends groups will implement youth engagement projects at state parks and trails this year, with support from the Minnesota DNR and funds issued by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC). The projects include organizing field trips, hosting recreation opportunities, and developing hands-on ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
June 6, 2019
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Rail Trails 100: Shuttle out, ride your bike back! (8/3)

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association Saturday, August 3, 2019  |  Fergus Falls, MN The Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails offer some of the best trail riding in the state of Minnesota, and this is your chance to conquer both of them in one day! ...
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group of riders under the St. Joseph sign
May 29, 2019
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Bridge installed across Cannon River for the Mill Towns State Trail

From Friends of the Mill Towns State Trail A bridge was put into place on Friday, May 24 on the west side of Hwy 21 over the Cannon River for the Mill Towns State Trail. Once complete, the bridge and newly constructed section of trail ...
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crane installing a trail bridge over a river
May 22, 2019
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Trail Family Fun Day on the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail on July 13

From Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association Saturday, July 13, 9 am to 12pm Get out on the trail for some summer fun, adventure, and a scavenger hunt! The Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association is hosting a family fun day on Saturday, July 13. Guests will enjoy ice ...
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Gateway horses and bikers
May 9, 2019
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Support, volunteers welcome for Heartland Spur Trail project

From Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee A member of the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee wrote a Letter to the Editor highlighting an overview of the spur trail development. Read this letter in The Park Rapids Enterprise May 4 edition: "Support, volunteers welcome for Heartland ...
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pedestrians on Heartland State Trail
April 25, 2019
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Engineering Study Slated for Heartland Trail Spur

Our Friends Group Partner, the Heartland Itasca Spur Citizen Committee, has been advocating for the development of a trail connecting the Heartland State Trail into Itasca State Park.Read about their progress in The Park Rapids Enterprise April 24 article:"Engineering study slated for Heartland Trail Spur"
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My husband and son on a bike trip. They started out in Itasca State Park, then biked on to the Mi-Gi-Zi, Heartland and Paul Bunyan trails and into Minneapolis.
March 5, 2019
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Chester Woods Trail Group Builds Relationships with Elected Officials

Over the years, the Chester Woods Trail Group has recognized the value of building and maintaining relationships with elected officials. Working with State Legislators When the group came together back in the mid-90s, they started connecting with their state representatives. One recommendation from their representatives ...
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Group picture with Rep. Nils Pierson.
March 4, 2019
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A History of the Chester Woods Trail Group

From Chester Woods Trail Group The City of Eyota started our trail project in 1993 by having it added to the list of approved State Trails, and other groundwork. The Chester Woods Trail Committee was started in December of 1995 by Eyota Mayor Wes Bussell ...
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Members from the Chester Woods Trail Group pose from a group picture with Senator Carla Nelson.
January 22, 2019
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Winter Events on the Gateway

Candlelight Trail Walk Friday, January 25, 5pm-9pm Trails lit by candles are beautiful and almost magical. Join us for this popular annual event starting from Wildwood Elementary, Mahtomedi (8698 75th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082). Event page Annual Gasthaus Cross-Country Ski Snowshoe Event Saturday, February 2, ...
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three skiers
December 19, 2018
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Friends of the Mississippi Blufflands Trail

Friends of the Mississippi Blufflands Trail Mission Support the trail to create a recreation, safe, and multi-use access to the river, bluffs, and Frontenac State Park. This spectacular area can be enjoyed by all ages as well as energizing economic and health benefits for the ...
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December 5, 2018
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Harmony Trails Commission

Harmony Trails Commission Mission Develop a recreational trail system that would connect Harmony with other area trail systems to compliment tourism initiatives and provide recreational experiences. Friends Since 1989 Friends' WebsiteHarmony Trails CommissionAzalea Rd Hike Big woods News from the Friends June 13, 2015Trail Extension ...
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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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Ten people dig their shovels into a pile of dirt for the ground breaking ceremony
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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A kid peddles away on his bike
November 5, 2018
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Freeborn County Trail Association

Freeborn County Trail Association Mission To promote the construction of the Blazing Star State Trail Friends Since 1995 News from the Friends Blazing Star: trail extensionAMT FUNDEDTBD Blazing Star: trail extensionComplete a 6-mile trail connection between the city of Albert Lea into Myre-Big Island State ...
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Blazing Star State Trail
November 5, 2018
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Chester Woods Trail Group

Chester Woods Trail Group Mission Support the establishment of a biking and hiking trail between Rochester and Eyota, with connections to nearby state trails. Friends Since 1995 Chester Woods Trail GroupChester Woods Trail Group meet with senators during a senate bonding tour in 2018Chester Woods ...
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