October 1, 2012

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

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
April 23, 2012

Planting 100 new trees at Sibley

This is a test post to see what it looks like to have multiple grant projects.
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Girl surrounded by greenery with camera
March 20, 2012

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 “We’re excited it’s going to happen because the current plan is out of date,” said Ron Erpelding, chair of the Sibley State Park Improvement Association [SSPIA].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

Peter Seed

Lawyer on the Side of Trails

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Peter Seed on Gateway Trail
April 13, 2010

Terry McGaughey

Mr. Paul Bunyan Trail

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Terry McGaughey
November 5, 2009

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

Eleanor Winston

Outstanding Outdoorswoman

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Eleanor Winston

Senator David Durenberger

Pursuer of Pro-Parks Policies

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Sen. David Durenberger fishing
March 30, 2007

Henry N. Someson

Founder with Foresight

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Henry Someson
March 21, 2006

Michael Prichard

Tireless Advocate

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Mike Prichard
March 18, 2005

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

Robert Dunn

Representative for the Environment

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Robert Dunn
March 30, 2004

Don Davison & Bill Morrissey

Former Parks Directors Professionalize the System

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Bill Morrissey and Don Davison