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May 7, 2018
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Decades later, Mt. Tom still provides fantastic views

From MNDNR Sibley State Park icon remains jewel in Kandiyohi County Rising above the treetops at Sibley State Park is an icon of Kandiyohi County –Mt. Tom and its viewing shelter. The shelter, constructed in 1938, became a destination for people who visited one of …

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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 24, 2018
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Parks and Trails Legacy Amendment Celebration at St. John’s University

From Parks & Trails Legacy Advisory Committee Join in celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment at this free event for central Minnesota! Spread the word and bring your friends and family! The College of Saint Benedict …

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April 23, 2018
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Legislative Briefing

The 2018 legislative session continues to creep towards its conclusion. Last week marked the third and final committee deadline, and all the major policy and finance committees have now released, amended and passed their omnibus bills. Those bills now have only one or two more stops …

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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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Appropriately named "Sunset Lake" in Glendalough State Park. By Lisa Malmstrom
April 20, 2018
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Monitor your favorite Minnesota lake or stream as a volunteer for MPCA

By Minnesota Pollution Control Agency– In June 2012, Duluth experienced the worst flooding in its history, causing major erosion and damage to area streams and rivers. A few months earlier, Gail Gilliland began monitoring Knowlton Creek in West Duluth as part of the Minnesota Pollution …

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March 27, 2018
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ATV bill has new number and moved to new committee

In an uncommon move, the bill that would allow all-terrain vehicles into two state parks, which we have strongly opposed, has been replaced with a new bill number. The language remains the same, but it is now bill HF4211. We continue to be opposed to …

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March 19, 2018
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Friends of Wild River State Park and area school students are a perfect match

CHISAGO — Friends of Wild River State Park has partnered with the Chisago Lake School District Life Work Center (LWC) to engage with students in the outdoors, in safe and enjoyable ways, during all seasons. At their annual meeting and pancake breakfast, the Friends Group …

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March 9, 2018
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Friends from around the state gather for Day on the Hill

On March 8, some 60 parks and trails supporters from across the state gathered for Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota's annual Day on the Hill event.
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Group shot of the 2018 Day on the Hill attendees
March 7, 2018
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Our Testimony Opposing ATVs in State Parks

The following testimony was read by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s executive director on Tuesday, March 6 at the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee.   Chair Fabian, and members of the committee, My name is Brett Feldman. I’m the executive director …

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March 7, 2018
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Testifying against new bill that opens state parks to ATVs

A bill (HF 3142) has been introduced this session at the State Capitol that would open up two state parks to motorized all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). On Tuesday, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota testified against the bill during the Environment and Natural Resources Policy and …

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Woman pointing to "No ATVs Permitted" sign along Taconite State Trail
February 9, 2018
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2018 Grant Guide Released

No need to spend hours online trying to find these opportunities--we've compiled it all here in our 2018 Grant Guide.
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February 1, 2018
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2018 Winter Newsletter

Inside this issue: 2018 Legislative Agenda Land project look back: Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Letter from Brett: Hope and fear in 2018 New Friends Group Coordinator In memory of Betty and Roy Meyer Our upcoming events: Day on the Hill and Annual Dinner Other …

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January 29, 2018
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Candlelight Hike at Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria State Park’s annual Candlelight Hike will be held on Saturday, February 3,2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An approximately one-mile of trail through the Lake Maria forest will be lit by candle luminaries.  The trail begins and ends at the heated trail …

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January 10, 2018
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Frontenac State Park Association to Host Candlelight Ski Party Jan 27

From Frontenac State Park Association Everyone is invited to Frontenac State Park’s Candlelight Ski / Showshoe / Walk Party on Saturday January 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. Come join in the annual candlelight event. Enjoy a hike, ski, or snowshoe on 2 different lit …

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Woman skiing at Frontenac