prairie grass
June 8, 2018
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$750,000 Trail Center Bonding Approved – Glendalough State Park

The Glendalough Citizens Advisory Board was recently informed that Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2018 bonding bill which includes $750,000 for pre-design, design and construction for a new trail and visitor facility in Glendalough State Park. The bonding will augment more than $200,000 of private …

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June 8, 2018
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Vermilion Ridge Campground Grand Opening

Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State ParkState Parks director Erika Rivers talks to crowd celebrating the campground openingSen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) has supported the continued development of this parkDNR commissioner Tom Landwehr Campers settling in at new campgroundShelter in the ...
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Cutting the ribbon on the new campground for Lake Vermilion State Park
June 5, 2018
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Frontenac to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 9

From Frontenac State Park Association — Volunteers from Frontenac State Park Association are partnering with park staff to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9 from 1 – 3 pm. The park will offer guided nature walks, information about the park’s bluebird nesting …

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woman resting on bench
June 3, 2018
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Photos from the June 2 planting party

On June 2, volunteers from the Frontenac State Park Association along with park staff, planted several oak trees and native forbes in the park. The event was funded in part by a grant from Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota.
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Oak savanna restoration project tree planting on June 2, 2018
May 31, 2018
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Nineteen projects receive funding during 2018 legislative session

Overall, the 2018 legislative session was a fairly good one for parks and trails. On May 30, Gov. Dayton signed the bonding bill, which included funding for 19 of the 25 projects we were advocating for in our legislative agenda this year. Projects receiving full …

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screenshot of webpage with 2018 investment projects
May 31, 2018
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2018 Legislative Recap

The 2018 legislative session closed with a flurry of activity over its final weekend, and a host of bills were passed in the final hours of session that impact Minnesota’s parks and trails. Now that the legislature is adjourned until next year and all the …

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May 30, 2018
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Superior Hiking: trail enhancements

Planning for enhancement projects and creating a map-based inventory, and updating trail maintenance standards.

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Hiker amidst tall trees on the Superior HIking Trail
May 30, 2018
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Glendalough: center & trailhead

Project Overview: A new park visitor center and trail center at Glendalough State Park.
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Sketch of proposed Glendalough Trailhead
May 30, 2018
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Mississippi Blufflands: trail development

Project 1: Trail development and planning for the proposed Mississippi Blufflands State Trail. Project 2: Build ~3/4-mile trail segment along Red Wing’s riverfront from Barn Bluff to Colvill Park.
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May 30, 2018
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Harmony-Preston: trail development

Project Overview: Extend the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail to Niagara Cave and Iowa border.
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May 30, 2018
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Chester Woods: trail development

Build a trail connecting Rochester to Chester Woods Regional Park

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Turkeys cross the Munger Trail
May 30, 2018
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Minneopa: land acquisition

To acquire 80 acres within Minneopa State Park along a key habitat corridor

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Bison at Minneopa State Park September 2017 by Sheryl Hindermann
May 30, 2018
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Metro Projects: capitol improvements

To improve and expand Metropolitan Regional Parks and Trails

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clouds
May 30, 2018
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Mill Towns: trail development

For acquisition and design of the Mill Towns State Trail between the cities of Faribault and Waterford.

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boy biycling along trail
May 30, 2018
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State Parks: rehab

Renew state park visitor facilities that have fallen into disrepair.

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