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February 16, 2016
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Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails look to make city pollinator friendly

From Forest Lake Times Members of the Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails are trying to make the city more desirable for pollinating bugs, such as butterflies and bees.
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February 9, 2016
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2016 Winter Newsletter

Our winter 2016 newsletter is now out. Inside details our legislative agenda for the upcoming session and highlights our latest land acquisition, which was for a trailhead along the Casey Jones State Trail.
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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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January 12, 2016
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Former Rep. Ann Lenczewski to represent Parks & Trails Council

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (P&TC) is proud to announce an exciting enhancement to our government relations program as the highly respected, former chair of the House Taxes Committee, Ann Lenczewski will represent P&TC at the state capitol during the 2016 legislative session. Lenczewski had been a strong supporter of parks and trails during her 16 years at the Legislature, where she retired from last year.
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January 8, 2016
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Minnesota state parks and trails to celebrate 125th anniversary in 2016

From MN DNR State officials today invited Minnesotans to take part in a 125-mile challenge, a state park “Total Takeover,” picnics, summer “samplers” and other special events throughout the coming year as part of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails. On hand …

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January 8, 2016
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Minnesota State Parks and Trails system kicking off 125th anniversary

The Minnesota State Parks and Trails system is kicking off its 125th anniversary celebrations Friday at Fort Snelling State Park.
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December 15, 2015
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Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee seeks applicants

Applications due by Thursday, Jan. 7 The Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan Council and the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission are seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee. “The Parks and Trails Legacy Advisory Committee plays …

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December 15, 2015
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Project proposals for LCCMR funding being accepted

The Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has issued its 2017 Request for Proposal (RFP) for funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund beginning July 1, 2017.
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November 30, 2015
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Nonprofit Status

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s federal tax ID number is 41-1450303. Our current Forms 990 is available at Guidestar

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November 16, 2015
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We made the goal

Thank you to everyone who donated on the Give to the Max Day on Nov. 12, 2015. We made our goal of $15,000 in individual giving that was matched by a group of generous donors. In total, with the match, we raised $31,125.  

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November 12, 2015
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We’re 2/3 the way to our Give the Max Day goal

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting Parks & Trails Council during this year's Give to the Max Day. The day's not over yet and we're getting so close to reaching our goal of $15,000. We can do it! If you haven't given yet, please ...
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October 29, 2015
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New Website Launched!

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota launched a new website. The new site offers much of the same great content from our previous site, with updated design that breathes with beautiful photos of the places we work to protect: Minnesota parks and trails. The new site also …

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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 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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July 8, 2015
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Trail monitors wanted

Bicyclists wanting to help make riding state trails enjoyable can now join a trail-monitoring program that’s as easy as riding a bike.
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