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bird silhouette
October 14, 2019
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Volunteers Needed to Clean Bird Houses

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association Would you like to enjoy the last of the fall days outside on the Lake Wobegon Trail? Stearns County Parks could use your help! Throughout the trail there are bluebird houses that need to be opened and cleaned out. Biking, ...
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October 11, 2019
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Getting youth outdoors by partnering with Friends Groups

School is back in session. And for some lucky students this fall, their classroom happened to be a park or trail for a day.
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People trail run
October 8, 2019
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Runners endured muddy trails at the Leaf Mountain Foot Race

From Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park Friends of Glacial Lakes State Park hosted their 2nd Annual Leaf Mountain Foot Race on September 21, 2019. Thunderstorms passed through during the first loop of the race, but that didn't stop these hearty souls! Runners soldiered on ...
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People touring Little Elk Preserve
October 3, 2019
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Rewards and challenges of being a parks and trails manager

An update from Arielle Courtney, DNR Whenever I tell people I work for DNR Parks and Trails, I usually receive one of several reactions. The first reaction is usually delight at the idea of playing with frogs and butterflies all day, what a lucky person ...
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Overlooking Horseleg Lake adjacent to land P&TCM acquire for the park
August 29, 2019
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Fall Festival at Anderson Park on Sept. 21

From Friends of Anderson Park Anderson Park’s 10th Annual Fall Festival is happening on Saturday, September 21! Both old and new activities are planned, with something for everyone:  live animals, a climbing hill, a climbing wall, a wetland plant tour, canoeing/kayaking, new spotting scopes on ...
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Border Bike Ride banner with trail
August 14, 2019
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Border Bike: The Official Interstate Ride IA/MN on August 24

Bike the to the border and beyond! Prairie Visions is supporting the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail Association in hosting an Iowa to Minnesota bike ride. The event includes multiple bike route options. Family Route: 22 miles round trip, entirely on the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail ...
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August 14, 2019
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Willard Munger State Trail improvement projects temporarily close two bridges

The MnDNR has temporarily closed two trail bridges on the Willard Munger State Trail starting July 29, as crews work to improve the bridge surface. The bridges will re-open after Sept. 30. The two closures are located at:
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volunteers planting trees
July 25, 2019
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Working with Friends to improve landscapes at seven state parks

Trees, trees, trees! Earlier this spring, volunteers, young and old, could be found with shovels in hand at seven state parks—Blue Mounds, Lake Bemidji, Minneopa, Sibley, Tettegouche, and Whitewater—where they were planting and protecting trees (and shrubs) in key areas of the landscape.
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July 25, 2019
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Report reveals time to invest in state trails is now

The second edition of our “State of the Trails” report is out. Building on our previous efforts, this report provides a comprehensive assessment of the condition of all 22 paved state trails in Minnesota.
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Bee on purple flower
July 18, 2019
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Pollinator Survey – Butterflies, Beetles, and Bees, Oh My!

From Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails Sunday, August 11, 10am-12pm Join us for a special event at William O'Brien State Park where you'll learn to identify and survey our fascinating native pollinators! No experience needed. Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails is partnering with the MN DNR to ...
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Special Places Newsletter cover
July 2, 2019
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Special Places Newsletter – Summer 2019

In this issue: Research: State of the Trails Report Land Protection: Temperance River State Park Public Policy: Session recap Community: Partnering on habitat projects Memoriam: Martin Kellogg Commnuity: Lake Wobegon Trail Association
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Arielle Courtney by BWCA Wilderness Sign
June 28, 2019
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Meet DNR’s New Parks and Trails Partnership Consultant

The DNR has created a new staff position—Parks & Trails Partnership Consultant—that will invest energy in variety of partner-related initiatives across the state. Arielle Courtney takes on that role, transitioning from her position at the DNR as a Principal Planner. Parks & Trails Council looks ...
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kids looking over bog through binoculars
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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branded ride picture with a caramel apple
June 6, 2019
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Caramel Apple Ride on Lake Wobegon Trail (9/7)

From Lake Wobegon Trails Association Saturday, September 7, 2019  |  Sauk Centre, MN Spend the day riding the great Lake Wobegon Trail Country. Enjoy the fall colors and great apple refreshments at all the rest stops including caramel apples and other treats from local vendors. ...
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group of riders under the St. Joseph sign
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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