prairie grass
January 8, 2013
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Done deal for iconic addition to State Trail system

Supporters of Mill Towns State Trail celebrate last-minute County decision On December 18, a critical decision was made during a Goodhue County Commissioner’s meeting that sealed the deal for an iconic addition to our state trail system. The decision was followed by a celebration among …

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December 1, 2012
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Maple syrup brings friends together

The pancake breakfast just never goes out of style and, for the Friends of Wild River State Park, it’s a great annual fundraiser. The event drew about 75 people and raised nearly $1,700 for the group in 2012. Kacie Carlson, a naturalist at the park, said that …

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October 1, 2012
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Active friends for an active trail

The 200 members of the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association make up one of the most active Friends groups in the state, for good reason: The trail itself is the most heavily used trail in Minnesota. “We have volunteers that do everything from cleaning up the trail to lobbying for our share of bonding money with the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota,” said John Oldendorf, president of the trail association and a board member of the Parks & Trails Council. This association has worked hard to expand the trail. They credit their success with expansion to getting to know people and communities along the potential trail.
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August 26, 2012
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Bringing new people to an outdoor recreation gem

Friends of Maplewood State Park has about 100 members, with another 30 on an advisory committee. The group publishes a quarterly newsletter and has helped add to the amenities of the park over the last 15 years. In 2008, the group built the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter, in honor of the son of long-time park ranger Bob Hanson, a project that cost $130,000.
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Crafting station in the park
March 20, 2012
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Joan & Mark Strobel

Scientists saving parks

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Mark and Joan Strobel hiking in mountains
December 1, 2011
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Friends help shape the park’s management plan

The last park plan for Sibley State Park, the 2,059-acre state park in Kandiyohi County, was put together in the 1970s. Work on an updated plan began in October, when an open house was held to gain public input. “We’re excited it’s going to happen because the current plan is out of date,” said Ron Erpelding, chair of the Sibley State Park Improvement Association [SSPIA]. “This will give park users and other folks who have an interest in the park, to be a part of this process.”
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Boy walking on pond boardwalk at Sibley State Park
March 29, 2011
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Peter Seed

Lawyer on the Side of Trails

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Peter Seed on Gateway Trail
April 13, 2010
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Terry McGaughey

Mr. Paul Bunyan Trail

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Terry McGaughey
November 5, 2009
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New Organization with Big Plans

Scandia, 25 miles northeast of St. Paul, is a relatively new city—incorporated in January 2007—with an even newer Friends organization. Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails elected its first board of directors just this past January. “I happened to be on the city’s park and ...
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April 8, 2009
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Eleanor Winston

Outstanding Outdoorswoman

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Eleanor Winston
March 30, 2008
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Sen. David Durenberger

Pursuer of Pro-Parks Policies

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Sen. David Durenberger fishing
March 30, 2007
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Henry N. Someson

Founder with Foresight

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Henry Someson
March 21, 2006
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Michael Prichard

Tireless Advocate

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Mike Prichard
March 18, 2005
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Whitewater acquisition will preserve land for the people of Minnesota

Whitewater State park is one of the most visited parks in southeastern Minnesota. Today, Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota successfully completed the acquisition of 215 acres of wooded bluff in Whitewater State Park along the Whitewater River. The bluff protects the visitor center on …

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March 8, 2005
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Robert Dunn

Representative for the Environment

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Robert Dunn