prairie grass
October 1, 2015
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Banding together to save a natural gem

Anderson Park in Isanti County is an almost perfect example of what can be accomplished when a family, a government body and a group of willing and active volunteers come together.In 2007, the Anderson family began talking to Isanti County about selling their 174-acre farm to the county.
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hiker in winter on boardwalk
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 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
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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Vic Olson trail monitoring
July 7, 2015
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Land Project Update: Adding pristine land to county gem

About one hour north of the Twin Cities, the Isanti County park of Anderson lies in a richly diverse environment that draws in throngs of migratory birds. This park, which was created only eight years ago, underwent an intensive transformation to be restored from a …

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July 1, 2015
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2015 Summer Newsletter

Inside this issue: Our Land Project Update: Addition to Anderson Park in Isanti County 2015 Legislative Session Recap Trail monitors wanted Brown's Creek State Trail opens and more Download Newsletter PDF
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June 13, 2015
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Recapping the 2015 Legislative Session

Parks & Trails Council entered the 2015 session with a set of ambitious goals as outlined in our legislative agenda. Those priorities, and how they played out during session, are detailed below. Parks & Trails Council Priority: > Restore and expand General Fund for Minnesota ...
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June 13, 2015
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New Trail Authorized: Mississippi Blufflands

This bill authorizes the establishment of a new state trail originating at the Cannon Valley Trail in Red Wing, MN and extending southeasterly along the Mississippi River through Frontenac State Park and ending in Lake City, MN. Additionally, the bill appropriates
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June 13, 2015
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Legacy Funds Appropriated

This bill appropriates revenues from the Legacy Amendment that voters approved in 2008. The bill appropriates $89 million for parks and trails for FY 2016 -17.
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June 13, 2015
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Budget Bill

This omnibus appropriations bill allocated $48.6 million in general funds for operations and maintenance of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. This is a 23% increase from FY 2014-15. Additionally, the omnibus bill includes many policy/technical provisions affecting Minnesota’s parks and trails.
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June 13, 2015
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Trail Extension for Harmony-Preston Valley

This bill authorizes the DNR to extend the Preston-Harmony State Trail to the Iowa border, with a connection to Niagara Cave.
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June 2, 2015
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Grand Opening of Brown’s Creek State Trail

Saturday, June 6 from 9am - 1pm is the grand opening of the Brown's Creek State Trail. The celebration will include five naturalist stations along the trail with activities to learn about the natural resources. The ribbon cutting will begin at 10am at the Stillwater trailhead and will include speaches, kids activities and music.
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Browns Creek State Trail trailhead
June 1, 2015
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Working together to preserve a natural gem

Anderson Park in Isanti County is an almost perfect example of what can be accomplished when a family, a government body and a group of willing and active volunteers come together. In 2007, the Anderson family began talking to Isanti County about selling their 174-acre farm to the county. Lee Kingsbury and some of her neighbors heard about the possible sale and knew that if they wanted to have a voice in what happened with the beautiful natural area, they needed to form a Friends Group. Two community meetings later, the group had lots of ideas, a few donations, volunteers for a planning committee and plenty of enthusiasm—and literal muscle—to make things happen.
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Picnic Shelter at Anderson
June 1, 2015
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Regional parks: meaningful to state’s outdoor recreation

By Mike Tegeder, president
Parks & Trails Council is very much identified with our great system of Minnesota State Parks. Indeed, a major undertaking in P&TC’s early years was the innovative effort to raise private funds to acquire land for a new state park, which we now know as Afton State Park. A reading of Roy Meyer’s “Everyone’s Country Estate: A History of Minnesota’s State Parks” testifies to our essential involvement with many of the great state parks we now enjoy.
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