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PARKS & TRAILS COUNCIL LEADING EFFORT TO UNIFY A NORTH SHORE VOICE

LUTSEN, MN - The North Shore of Lake Superior is home to glorious adventure, breathtaking natural scenery, assorted wildlife, robust forests and an abundance of park and recreational opportunities. The North Shore is also home to growing development and population pressures, declining state natural resources funding and an ever-increasing diversification of community stakeholders.


CONFERENCE TO BRING TOGETHER PARKS AND TRAILS SUPPORTERS FROM THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA

(BRAINERD, MN) - Parks and trails supporters from throughout the state will descend upon Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake near Brainerd on March 3-4 to attend the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota's Parks and Trails for Future Generations conference.


Parks & Trails Council saves Mississippi River shoreline, links Paul Bunyan Trail to Crow Wing State Park

(ST. PAUL, MN) - When Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota Executive Director Dorian Grilley makes a New Year's resolution, he does everything in his power to keep it.


Judge David Minge's Bike Minnesota with Parks & Trails expedition will shine a spotlight on Minnesota River Valley treasures

(MANKATO, MN) - The forecast calls for rain, but that won't stop Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge David Minge and his band of 65 adventure-seeking cyclists from exploring some of the Minnesota River Valley's greatest natural and cultural treasures over the Labor Day weekend.


Parks & Trails Council seeks development director, land acquisition manager and PT membership assistant

(Nov. 3, 2006) - The Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota (PTCM) seeks to hire a Development Director, a Land Acquisition Manager and a part-time Membership Assistant. Applicants should be professionals committed to the Parks & Trails mission. Below you will find information about each of the positions.


Explore the scenic Minnesota River Valley with Judge David Minge on his second bike Expedition Sept. 1 - 4

(July 31, 2006) - Join former Congressman and current Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge David Minge as he leads his second Bike Minnesota with Parks & Trails Labor Day weekend expedition, Sept. 1 to 4. Immerse yourself in picturesque landscapes while exploring significant natural, historic and cultural sites in the Minnesota River Valley.


Legislature says yes to Minnesota values: appropriates nearly $25 million for state's parks and trails

(May 22, 2006) - State lawmakers showed they understand that Minnesotans value our interconnected system of parks and trails by appropriating nearly $25 million over the next two years for state park and trail acquisition, development and rehabilitation. The funding was included in the nearly $1 billion bonding bill passed by the Legislature early Sunday morning.


Parks and Trails for Future Generation conference registration now open

(January 30, 2006) - Don't miss the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota's Parks and Trails for Future Generations conference to be held March 3-4, 2006, at Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota. In addition to several interactive workshops, the conference will feature nationally renowned speakers David Stillman and Dr.


Minnesotans converge on Capitol to encourage investment in state's trails

(February 2, 2006) - Trail advocates from Bemidji to Rochester converged on the State Capitol today to encourage their legislators to invest in the state's prized system of interconnected recreational trails.


Governor's Bonding Bill falls short

(SAINT PAUL, MN) - On the surface the $897 million bonding bill announced today by Gov. Tim Pawlenty seems like it addresses many of the state's priorities. But before Minnesotans congratulate the governor on the many projects for which he did seek funding, they may want to consider what is missing - adequate funding for parks and trails around the state.  


Trail Builders Mark and Joan Strobel

North Shore saviors

Behind every successful park or trail effort you will find a Trail Builder, an individual that shepherded the dream into reality, giving time, money or both in pursuit of the goal. The following is a Q & A feature on a dynamic Trail Builder Duo -- Mark and Joan Strobel. Thanks in large part to their vision and persistence, our North Shore parks and trails are national treasures!


Trail Builder Martin Kellogg

Standing up for Minnesota's Great Outdoors

Behind every successful park or trail effort you will find a Trail Builder, an individual that shepherded the dream into reality, giving time, money or both in pursuit of the goal. The following is a Q & A feature on one such Trail Builder -- Martin Kellogg. Thanks in large part to his vision and his persistence, Minnesota's great outdoor treasures will be there for future generations!


Trail Builder Terry McGaughey

Mr. Paul Bunyan Trail

Terry McGaughey has spent a quarter century working to make the 110-mile trail connecting Crow Wing and Lake Bemidji state parks a reality


Trail Builder Henry Somsen

This Outdoorsman is a real state treasure

Though he admits he's slowing down these days, 97-year-old Henry Somsen has spent more than half-a-century building and supporting dozens of Minnesota parks, trails and wildlife management areas


Sugarloaf: the North Shore Stewardship Association

North Shore in good hands

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet Sugarloaf: the North Shore Stewardship Association, a group that works to promote the preservation and restoration of the North Shore's unique environment, including the wonderful chain of state parks on the shore.


Mesabi Trail Work Group

Turning vision into reality

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet the Mesabi Trail work group, a community organization that advises the governing body of the Mesabi Trail on routes, acquiring land and in promoting the trail.


Southeastern Minnesota Association of Regional Trails (SMART)

The SMART way to build a regional trail system

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet SMART, a group with representatives from 11 counties that works together to connect trails locally, regionally and to neighboring states.


Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage

Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage making archeological preserve accessible

Friends groups play an important role in planning, developing, maintaining and advocating for Minnesota's parks and trails. Meet the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage, a nonprofit community organization devoted to preserving and enhancing Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, the Lindbergh State Historic Site and the Little Elk Heritage Preserve.


Pedaling the Area

By Dan Nienaber
The Mankato Free Press

ST PETERSetting out on day trips around Mankato on the back of a bicycle is nothing new for Tom Engstrom.