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P&TC Land Projects

September 25, 2017
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FAQs on our Frontenac Project

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s 2017 Land Project for Frontenac State Park   Who owns this land now? Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC), an independent, member-supported nonprofit purchased the land from …

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From atop bluff on land acquired
July 26, 2017
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Adding a new view to Frontenac?

At the border of Frontenac State Park, near it’s entrance, lays 158.82 acres of land that holds outstanding natural beauty and a view to behold. Earlier this year the owner put the land up for sale, thus presenting a small window of opportunity to protect …

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View through trees of Lake Pepin
December 12, 2016
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Helping right a wrong for Lake Superior

Few outcomes are more satisfying than when a big-time polluter is caught in its tracks. This summer, one such polluter was brought to justice by the U.S Attorney’s Office when a whistleblower reported a ship was illegally dumping dirty bilge water into the Great Lakes. Part of the punishment included a $200,000 criminal sanction against the company that will be used to protect Lake Superior and its watershed. This fall, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota, along with three other environmental nonprofits were awarded grants from this settlement.
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Kayakers on Lake Superior with Gold Rock Point
October 11, 2016
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Mill Towns State Trail Segment Opens

Like a puzzle, the newest segment of the Mill Towns State Trail involved many pieces fitting together—just so—to complete the picture. Talks began in 2010 between the DNR, three private landowners, two counties, managers of a dam and a highway. This year, with the commitment of trail proponents, the pieces came together to make a great addition to the state trail system.
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July 7, 2015
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Land Project Update: Adding pristine land to county gem

About one hour north of the Twin Cities, the Isanti County park of Anderson lies in a richly diverse environment that draws in throngs of migratory birds. This park, which was created only eight years ago, underwent an intensive transformation to be restored from a …

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September 21, 2014
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Making a vital trail connection while restoring a prairie

  So close, and yet so far. For years the 22-mile Glacial Lakes State Trail has been just five miles from the popular Sibley State Park. For bicyclists visiting the park, that’s five miles too many. In 2011 park supporters decided that connecting the Glacial …

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The rolling grasslands with pond at Sibley State Park
July 27, 2014
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New segment of Paul Bunyan Trail Complete

On July 27, a new 6-mile segment of the Paul Bunyan State Trail was opened to the public. This new segment extends the current trail south from the cities of Baxter and Brainerd into Crow Wing State Park. It is a scenic, meandering trail that …

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Group celebrating a ribbon cutting for the Paul Bunyan Trail
January 8, 2013
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Done deal for iconic addition to State Trail system

Supporters of Mill Towns State Trail celebrate last-minute County decision On December 18, a critical decision was made during a Goodhue County Commissioner’s meeting that sealed the deal for an iconic addition to our state trail system. The decision was followed by a celebration among …

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