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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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June 5, 2019
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Hayes Lake State Park saved from an OHV campground

After a lengthy public-input and planning process that was designed to weigh the best location for an off-highway vehicle (OHV) campground in Northwestern Minnesota, the MnDNR is recommending the best location as Beltrami Island State Forest rather than Hayes Lake State Park.
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Minnesota State Capitol Dome
June 5, 2019
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2019 Legislative Session Recap

The 2019 Legislative Session wrapped up with Gov. Tim Walz signing the omnibus budget bills into law on May 31. Despite some unsettling moments in the midst of session, when the Senate proposed drastic General Fund cuts, a compromise was eventually reached and it ended ...
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June 4, 2019
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Legislators’ attempt to open State Parks to off-highway vehicles kept at bay in 2019

During the 2019 Legislative Session, a handful of legislators* tried to advance a bill (HF 48/SF 1568) that would mandate a pilot project at Hayes Lake and Lake Vermilion State Parks to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use the campground and access routes within these state parks.
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prairie field
May 30, 2019
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Sibley State Park celebrates centennial

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Full slate of activities scheduled for June 8 Everyone’s invited to celebrate Sibley State Park’s centennial year on Saturday, June 8, with entertainment and family-friendly activities all day. The park is located near the west-central city of New …

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crane installing a trail bridge over a river
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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Gateway horses and bikers
May 22, 2019
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[CANCELLED] Trail Family Fun Day on the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail on July 13

From Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association [CANCELLED] 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 ...
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waterfall
May 22, 2019
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3rd Annual Big Woods Photo Contest Launches

From Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park Friends of Nerstrand has launched its 3rd annual photo contest. Winning photos will be published in a 2020 Calendar, to be used as a fundraiser by the Friends of Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. Proceeds will help ...
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