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Trails

September 12, 2018
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Parks & Trails Council purchases the final piece for the Great River Ridge State Trail

For years, local and state trail champions having been working to extend the Great River Ridge State Trail to its final destination in Eyota. On Tuesday, the nonprofit Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) announced an important step toward that goal as they purchased the final mile and a half of abandoned railroad corridor that runs from County Highway 9 to US Highway 14.
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Great River Ridge State Trail
September 7, 2018
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#ResearchBike Trail No. 11 – Central Lakes State Trail

Photos from Trail No. 11 - Central Lakes State Trail for our #ResearchBike
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Parks & Trails Council's Research Bike
July 31, 2018
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#ResearchBike adventure underway

Collecting data on the condition of all the paved state trails in Minnesota Have you ever thought about biking all 600 miles of the paved state trails in Minnesota? Well, that’s what our intern, Karl, is doing this summer. And you can follow his journey, …

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

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.
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The rolling grasslands with pond at Sibley State Park
October 30, 2017
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Shooting Star State Trail Extended Three Miles

This fall, the Shooting Star State Trail got a little closer to its goal of connecting into the city of Austin. On September 15 a ribbon cutting was held for the 3-mile extension running north from the town of Rose Creek, along County Road 56. …

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Group cutting ribbon on new segment of Shooting Star State Trail
July 15, 2017
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Making Minnesota’s trails count, one person at a time

In 2015, Parks & Trails Council initiated a program to collect data on how many people use Minnesota State Trails. That study was just the start, however, and we’re excited to announce we are expanding the program in 2017 with the addition of automated trail …

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trail counting box on trail
May 16, 2017
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Mill Towns State Trail opens at Lake Byllesby

Saturday, June 3 from 2-5 pm at Lake Byllesby Regional Park in Goodhue County (Google Map) We’ve been looking forward to this day for five years, since we began partnering to acquire a key parcel for the trail, and now it’s here! Come celebrate the opening of the …

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March 27, 2017
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Willard Munger State Trail to be reconstructed near Duluth

MnDNR News Release -- A 5-mile section of the Willard Munger State Trail, between Grand Avenue and Becks Road in West Duluth, will be closed for an extensive construction project from mid-April through August, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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March 8, 2017
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North Country Trail Needs Congress to act to continue development in Minnesota

The longest National Scenic Trail in the country–the North Country Trail (NCT)–runs right through Minnesota on its way from New York to North Dakota; but there’s a snag in completing it that only Congress can fix. In 1982 a route was planned that would bring the trail through 70 miles …

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North Country Trail hikers and sign
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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October 10, 2016
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Assessing the condition of Minnesota’s trails, one mile at a time

Have you ever been riding along one of Minnesota’s beautiful bicycle trails when, thud, a jarring bump shakes your entire frame? Well, you’re not alone. Staff, board members and volunteers from Parks & Trails Council have been spending the summer out on the trails, feeling—and recording—these bumps ourselves.
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iPhone mounted on bike handlebars
August 9, 2016
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DNR acquires six miles for Mill Towns State Trail

MnDNR News Release - The Department of Natural Resources has acquired nearly 6 miles of railroad property for the Mill Towns State Trail between Faribault and Dundas in Rice County.
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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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MN License Plate
July 22, 2015
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New Interactive Map for Cannon Valley Trail

The Cannon Valley Trail has a new interactive map showing trail features such as access points, parking, restrooms, water stations and wheel pass pay stations. When zooming in to the various features there is an option for viewing a photo of that area. This is …

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July 14, 2015
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North Country Trail re-route pending

Thanks to Minnesota North Country Trail champions Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Rick Nolan, the North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act legislation has been re-introduced in the 114th Congress, with the co-sponsorship of Sen. Al Franken and Minnesota members Reps. Peterson, Ellison, Walz, Paulsen, and McCollum.
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North Country Trail re-route map
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