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State Parks

July 13, 2018
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Parks & Trails Council conveys 154-acre property to Sibley State Park

(NEW LONDON, MN)– A multi-year effort to add key land to Sibley State Park was finalized on June 20 as Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota sold the 154-acre property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 ...
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The rolling grasslands with pond at Sibley State Park
June 11, 2018
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BSA Scouts Join Friends of Wild River to Protect Young Oak Trees

On National Get Outdoors Day, youth with a troop of Boy Scouts of America put on their sunscreen and bug spray and “got outdoors” at Wild River State Park. They joined the Friends of Wild River and a DNR naturalist to tackle a conservation project …

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June 8, 2018
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Vermilion Ridge Campground Grand Opening

Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State ParkState Parks director Erika Rivers talks to crowd celebrating the campground openingSen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has supported the continued development of this parkDNR commissioner Tom Landwehr Campers settling in at new campgroundShelter in the ...
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Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State Park
May 4, 2018
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P&TC awards $5,000 grants to Friends Groups for restoration projects in state parks

Five volunteer-led Friends Groups have each received a $5,000 grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to spearhead habitat restoration projects within state parks. Parks & Trails Council worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to identify potential projects and overlap them with …

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April 20, 2018
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Glendalough State Park hosts annual walk April 21

By Glendalough Park Partners — The 22nd annual Walk for Glendalough will be Saturday, April 21, at Glendalough State Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the historic Glendalough lodge, which will be open for tours. There is no fee to enter the park on …

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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
February 9, 2017
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Keeping OHVs out of state parks

Efforts to add off-highway vehicles into Minnesota State Parks are popping up in unexpected places like the Taconite State Trail Plan and Lake Vermilion State Park Plan.
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Lake with evergreens in foreground
August 3, 2016
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Citizen advisory committee appointed to explore future of Fort Ridgely State Park

DNR News Release - The Department of Natural Resources has appointed 15 people to a citizen advisory committee that will make recommendations about how to expand statewide interest in Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax in southern Minnesota after its golf course closes on Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day.
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July 8, 2016
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Major blowdown spurs plans for a new future at St. Croix State Park

This spring planners began the process to create a master plan for St. Croix, which is the largest state park in Minnesota. Having been created before the master plan was a requirement, this will actually be the first plan for the park. This plan will be significant for another reason too. The DNR recently designated St. Croix as a “destination” park and lead planner Jade Templin explained that this “gives us our first chance to incorporate the new idea of a destination park into a plan and more fully develop what it means.”
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June 22, 2016
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DNR Release: DNR decides not to rebuild Blue Mounds State Park dam

The Department of Natural Resources has decided against rebuilding the dam and lake reservoir at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne in southwestern Minnesota, citing concerns about water quality, endangered species and other factors.
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Dam washout
June 17, 2016
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DNR Release: DNR extends Fort Ridgely State Park golf season to Sept. 5

Rivers also announced the DNR is forming a citizen advisory committee that will be consulted on future development of the park. “While the DNR will no longer provide golfing at Fort Ridgely State Park, we are committed to managing and investing in this historically significant site at one of Minnesota’s oldest state parks,” Rivers said. “Fort Ridgely is among our core state parks because of its natural landscape and historic significance, and we want to engage the public in re-imagining how we can re-invigorate this special place for all Minnesotans.”
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March 9, 2016
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White-nose syndrome, a disease that can kill bats, confirmed in Minnesota

The MNDNR has confirmed cases of white-nose syndrome affecting hibernating bats at Lake Vermilion-Soundan Underground Mine State Park. Starting in late January, several hundred bats have been found dead near the main entrance to the mine.
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February 5, 2016
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State parks and trails license plate contest

A new license plate will soon be available, and it comes with park perks. The new plate, which will feature a parks and trails design, will support Minnesota state parks and trails, and gives free entry to vehicles sporting them. Minnesotans who choose the plate …

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July 17, 2015
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Lake Bemidji State Park opens first-of-its kind group camp

Looking for a place for your next family reunion? There’s a new option that opened this summer at Lake Bemidji State Park. The Lavinia Group Camp can accommodate up to 50 people.   The site, which rents for $200/night is designed for both tent camping …

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