prairie grass
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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bicyclists gathered at trailhead
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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hiker in winter on boardwalk
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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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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North Country Trail re-route map
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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Vic Olson trail monitoring
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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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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Mississippi Blufflands: Trail Authorized

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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