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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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February 1, 2016
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Rep. Schomacker receives legislator of distinction award

District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker was honored Feb. 24 as a Legislator of Distinction by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota during its advocacy day at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul.
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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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December 1, 2015
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State Parks celebrate 125 years

By Mike Tegeder, president
The year 2016 will be a year to remember and celebrate two great milestones in Minnesota history: the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks and the 50th anniversary of Minnesota State Trails.
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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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Two men standing on the trail
October 24, 2015
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Bit by bit these friends are helping build a trail

Today the Gitchi Gami State Trail, while still in progress, is one of the most iconic trails in Minnesota, as it winds along the North Shore with majestic views of Lake Superior. Yet when a group of locals got together in the mid-1990s to discuss the idea of a trail, that’s all it was: an idea in the minds of a group of locals.
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October 11, 2015
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2015 Fall Newsletter

Inside this issue: Trail building updates 2015 designations of regional parks and trails Bison at Minneopa Photo contest winners BIKE MINNESOTA! recap Hiking the Superior Hiking Trail Friends of Luce Line West View Newsletter (PDF)
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October 1, 2015
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Friends group forms for Luce Line Trail

These Friends are a collection of community leaders and trail enthusiasts from the areas around Hutchinson and Winsted in Central Minnesota, about 60 miles due west from the Twin Cities. While they have been busy with the logistics of starting a friends group
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